URL Filtering With BrowseControl
BrowseControl’s URL Filtering feature allows you to whitelist and blacklist access to specific websites. Combine URL Filtering with Category Filtering and CurrentWare’s internet monitoring software BrowseReporter for complete control over the internet access in your organization.
Blacklist URLs to block users from accessing websites
Whitelist URLs to set exceptions for websites you would like to allow
Create unique allow and block lists for each user, device, and workgroup
How to block websites from employee use
BrowseControl’s granular internet access controls give you the capabilities you need to manage employee productivity, protect your network from malicious web activities, and prevent users from abusing bandwidth-hogging websites.
3 Ways you can blacklist 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 blacklist to stop employees from accessing commonly abused websites. This feature can be used in reverse to add websites to your whitelist while blacklisting all other websites by enabling the internet off feature.
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.
Should I Whitelist or Blacklist Websites?
When to Use a URL Whitelist
Whitelisting is best used if you want to maximize security and you don’t mind the extra effort required to continuously add new websites to the whitelist as they’re approved for use in your organization.
Use the URL whitelist (allow list) to specify a limited number of permitted websites for the strictest internet access control. Set BrowseControl’s internet toggle to “off” to automatically block access to all websites that aren’t on the whitelist.
When to Use a URL Blacklist
Blacklisting is best used if you want to block internet access to a limited amount of known websites such as social media, pornography, and games sites.
Use the URL blacklist (block list) when you want to allow users to access all websites except for the URLs that are on the blacklist. To save time spent manually blacklisting websites, consider purchasing BrowseControl’s Category Filter subscription to block websites based on categories. The category filtering database contains millions of websites and it is continuously updated with new websites from over 100 URL categories.
Why should I use URL filtering?
Increase Productivity: Nearly 82% of employees surveyed in the “On Cyberslacking: Workplace Status and Personal Internet Use at Work” report admitted to using the internet for personal reasons during work hours. A web filter can be used to block access to commonly abused websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Network Security: Malicious and compromised websites can stealthily infect networks with drive-by downloads. All an employee has to do is stumble upon one of these sites on social media or a phishing email for an exploit to compromise the network. A web filter adds an added layer of security by blocking these websites from being accessed in your network.
Data Loss Prevention: Unauthorized cloud storage, social networks, and web apps provide channels where sensitive data can be leaked. A web filter can proactively prevent access to these channels and stop employees from mishandling data.
Workplace Behavior: A web filter limits opportunities for employees to access NSFW content such as pornography, reducing inappropriate web usage that would otherwise contribute to a hostile work environment.
Bandwidth Management: Streaming a 4K Ultra HD Netflix video consumes 7GB of data per hour. Employees that use the company internet to stream videos waste valuable bandwidth and ruin the productivity of their coworkers by dramatically slowing down the speed of the internet.