Control Internet Access with BrowseControl

BrowseControl’s internet control features let you quickly and easily block internet access on an employee’s computer

BrowseControl conveniently operates from the centralized CurrentWare console, allowing you to easily block the internet access of your employees no matter where they are. Internet access permissions can be specified for each user, device, or workgroup in your organization.

  • Immediately restrict internet access based on user, device, and workgroup
  • Add specific company authorized websites to your allowed list to limit internet access
  • Display a custom message or redirect to a webpage when users attempt to access blocked websites

How to Control Internet Access on an Employee’s Computer

BrowseControl’s web filter can block users from accessing specific websites – simply add the URLs or domains of the websites you would like to block to the Block List! This internet control software makes managing employee internet access simple and effective.
3 Ways you can block websites with BrowseControl

  • Category Filter: BrowseControl’s category filtering feature lets you quickly block millions of websites across over 100 URL categories. Block access to porn, social media, virus-infected sites, warez, and more!
  • URL Filter: Enter URLs and domains to your blocked sites list to stop employees from accessing them. This feature can be used in reverse to add specific authorized websites to your Allowed List while blocking all other websites.
  • Granular Controls: Internet access permissions can be granularly controlled based on a single user, a specific device, or entire workgroups. CurrentWare’s Active Directory (AD) sync and centralized console makes managing your entire workforce simple and scalable.
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Need to restrict internet access in your network? In this tutorial you will learn how to block websites using a free trial of BrowseControl, CurrentWare’s web content filtering software.

With BrowseControl you can…

  • Block or allow websites based on URL, category, domain, or IP address
  • Schedule unique internet restrictions throughout the day
  • Assign custom policies for each group of computers or users, and…
  • Enforce internet usage policies, even when devices leave the network

There are 3 ways to block employee internet access with BrowseControl…

  1. Block access to specific websites with the Block List
  2. Restrict internet access to only certain sites with the Allow List,
  3. and using the Category Filtering feature to block access to content categories such as Porn, Virus Infected, or Social Media

For complete control over internet and application use in your network, you can combine BrowseControl with BrowseReporter, CurrentWare’s internet monitoring software.

All right, let’s get started…

To begin, sign up for a free trial of BrowseControl at CurrentWare.com/Download. After filling out the form you will be provided with the files you need to get started with BrowseControl.

To install BrowseControl, run CurrentWare.exe on the administrator’s computer and follow the installation instructions; this will install the CurrentWare Console and Server.

After that, deploy the CurrentWare Client Setup file (cwClientSetup.exe) on all of the computers you would like to control.

From there you can import your Active Directory organizational units or manually create your desired policy groups.

For full installation instructions, please visit our knowledge base at CurrentWare.com/Support.

Now that you have BrowseControl installed, I’ll show you how to block specific websites based on their URL, domain, or IP address using the URL Filter.

This feature can be used to block your employees from accessing distracting websites like Facebook, TikTok, or Instagram.

  1. First, decide whether you want to control internet access based on users or computers and select the desired mode.
  2. Next, click on URL Filter then select “Blocked List”
  3. From the drop-down menu, select the group of computers or users that you want to restrict
  4. Enter the URL, domain, or IP address of the websites you want to block to the master URL list, then press the Enter key or click “Add”. BrowseControl will apply a wildcard to the URL, ensuring that any paths within the domain will be blocked as well.
  5. In the master URL list, select the websites you want to block for the chosen group, then click “Add to Blocked List”
    • If you would like to add the selected websites to the block list of multiple groups, you can press the drop-down arrow and select “add to multiple groups”, select the desired groups, then click “add to blocked list”
    • If you have a large number of websites you would like to block, you can also use the import feature to import an existing list.
  6. Finally, click “Apply to Clients”.

That’s it! You have now blocked your employees, students, or patrons from accessing those specific websites.

Next, I’ll show you how to restrict internet access to only certain sites.

This feature is ideal if you want to prevent your employees, students, or patrons from accessing websites that are not explicitly allowed by your organization.

The process is identical to how you would block a website, except this time you will set the internet to “off” and add the websites you would like to allow to the Allow List.

With this method, your users will only be able to access the exact websites that have been approved by your company.

Here are the full instructions

  1. First, decide whether you want to control internet access based on users or computers and select the desired mode.
  2. Next, click on URL Filter then ensure that “Allowed List” is selected
  3. From the drop-down menu, select the group of computers or users that you want to restrict
  4. Set the internet to “Off”. This will ensure that only the websites that are added to the allowed list can be accessed.
  5. Enter the URL, domain, or IP address of the website you want to allow to the master URL list, then press the Enter key or click “Add”. BrowseControl will apply a wildcard to the URL, ensuring that any paths within the domain will be allowed as well.
  6. In the master URL list, select the websites you want to allow for the chosen group, then click “Add to Allowed List”
  7. If you would like to add the selected websites to the Allowed list of multiple groups, you can press the drop-down arrow and select “add to multiple groups”, select the desired groups, then click “add to Allowed list”
  8. If you have a large number of websites you would like to allow, you can also use the import feature to import an existing list.
  9. Finally, click “Apply to Clients”.

Next, I’ll show you how to block websites based on content categories such as Porn, Virus Infected, and Social Media

With BrowseControl’s category filtering feature you can block billions of websites across over 100 URL categories. More than 10,000 new domains are added each day, making it simple to restrict internet access even as new sites emerge.

Here’s how:

  1. First, decide whether you want to control internet access based on users or computers and select the desired mode.
  2. Click on “Category Filtering”
  3. From the drop-down menu, select the group of computers or users that you want to restrict
  4. Select the web content categories you would like to block, then click “Add to Blocked List”
  5. Finally, click “Apply to Clients”.

That’s it!

The Allow List can also be used in tandem with the Category Filtering feature to allow websites that would otherwise be blocked based on their content category.

For example, you could use Category Filtering to block Social Media while still allowing access to LinkedIn.

Now that you’ve seen the 3 key ways you can block a website with BrowseControl, I’d like to show you how to restrict internet access at certain times.

With BrowseControl’s Internet Scheduler you can schedule custom block or allow lists throughout the day.

This feature will bring some flexibility to your internet restriction policies; in this example, we will allow our employees to browse the internet during lunchtime.

Here’s how to use the internet scheduler

  1. First, decide whether you want to control internet access based on users or computers and select the desired mode.
  2. Click on “internet scheduler”
  3. From the drop-down menu, select the group of computers or users that you want to restrict
  4. Click “New Schedule”
  5. Set the start and end time of the schedule
  6. Select the schedule type
    • Internet on will allow internet access to all websites that are not on the URL Block List
    • Custom allowed list will only allow access to specific websites
    • Custom blocked list will block access to a specific list of websites and allow access to the rest of the internet
    • Custom Category blocked list will block specific categories and allow access to the rest of the internet
  7. Set your desired schedule frequency
    • Daily will enable the schedule every day during the specified time period
    • Weekly will enable the schedule only on specific days of the week
    • Monthly will enable the schedule only on specific months
  8. Click “Add Schedule”
  9. If you selected one of the custom block or allow list options, you can click the link provided under the “schedule type” column to set the websites or categories that you would like on the list.
  10. And finally, Click “Enable scheduler” if it is not already enabled

That’s it for today. If you’re ready to start blocking websites you can get a free trial of BrowseControl at CurrentWare.com/Download.

If you have any questions during your evaluation our support team is available to help you over a phone call, live chat, or email.

See you next time!

Why Restrict Internet Access?

Blocking websites with BrowseControl gives you full control over internet usage in your organization

Enforce Acceptable Use Policies

  • Redirect users from blocked websites to your internet use policy
  • Prevent access to websites with pornographic, hateful, or otherwise inappropriate content
  • Combine BrowseControl with BrowseReporter to get alerts of web use policy violations

Improve Productivity

  • Block distracting and inappropriate websites to keep your users focused on their tasks
  • Schedule unique web restriction policies to provide greater web access during breaks
  • Apply different policies for each user, computer, or group to avoid web access bottlenecks

Protect Against Web Security Threats

  • Block file downloads such as executables, zipped files, and videos from HTTP sites
  • Close unused and high-risk network ports to reduce the attack surface of your network
  • Block malicious and high-risk websites with our frequently updated category filtering database

Prevent Data Theft & Leakage

  • Block unsanctioned cloud storage apps and sites to prevent employee data theft
  • Block ports used for FTP, SCP, SFTP, etc. to prevent data from leaving the network
  • Block other potential data egress points such as personal email platforms, social media, etc

Increase internet speed

  • Block Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and other unproductive bandwidth hogs
  • Reduce unproductive internet usage to ensure bandwidth availability for work tasks
  • Selectively allow access to high-bandwidth sites on an as-needed basis.

Custom Blocked Site Notifications

  • Give a warning to users that attempt to access inappropriate or unsafe websites
  • Allow users to request access to blocked websites with a link to a prefilled email template
  • Customize unique blocked site notifications for each group of users or computers
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BrowseControl Web Filtering Features

Internet Off
Internet ON/OFF

One click to completely block
users from browsing the web

URL Filter
URL Filter

Allowed list or Blocked list for
specific URLs

Category Filtering
Category Filtering

Block websites based on specific web content categories

Internet Scheduler
Internet Scheduler

Schedule internet use policies for specific times of the day

Bandwidth Tracker
Safe Search

Enforce safe search to prevent
explicit search results

Internet Quota
Internet Quota

Set a time-based quota for
internet browsing

Download Filter
Download Filter

Block files from being downloaded from the internet

Port Filter
Port Filter

Close unused and high-risk
TCP/UDP ports

Customized Message
Customize Message

Display a customized warning
message on blocked websites

Application Blocker
Application Blocker

Block specific Windows
applications from launching

Internet Timer
Timer

Allocate specific time for your
users to access the Internet

Stealth
Stealth Mode

Restrict internet use without
altering users

Centralized Console

Central Web Console

Access the administrative console from a web browser on any computer in your network

Remote Client Install

Remote Client Install

Easily deploy the CurrentWare Client remotely to all of your networked computers

Offsite Management

Offsite Management

Extend onsite Internet usage policies to laptops running outside the corporate network

Email Report

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