Web Filtering Software for Business

BrowseControl is an easy-to-use web content filtering software for controlling employee internet use on company computers.

Prevent employees from accessing websites that are malicious, inappropriate, or distracting with granular web content filtering policies.

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BrowseControl is an easy-to-use web filter that helps organizations enforce policies, improve productivity, reduce bandwidth consumption, and meet compliance requirements – no matter where their users are located.

 

With BrowseControl you can ensure a safe and productive environment by blocking high-risk, distracting, or inappropriate websites, improve network performance by blocking bandwidth hogs, and prevent users from using unsanctioned applications and software-as-a-service providers

 

BrowseControl’s security policies are enforced by a software agent that is installed on your user’s computers. This allows the solution to continue blocking websites and applications even when computers are taken off-site.

BrowseControl’s central console allows you to configure your security policies from the convenience of a web browser. 

 

With BrowseControl you can Block or allow websites based on URL, category, domain, or IP address, assign custom policies for each group of computers or users, prevent users from launching specific applications, and block network ports to reduce the attack surface of your network

There are three key methods for blocking websites with BrowseControl:

The Blocked List allows you to block specific websites based on URL, domain, or IP address

 

Category Filtering allows you to block millions of websites across over 100 content categories including pornography, social media, and virus-infected sites.

 

and finally, you can use the Allowed List to allow specific websites that would otherwise be blocked based on their category, or for the greatest security and control you can block all websites except for those that are on the Allowed List.

 

When your users try to visit a blocked website they can either be presented with a custom warning message or directed to another site, such as a page with a reminder of your organization’s internet use policy.

 

With BrowseControl’s App Blocker you can prevent your users from launching specific applications.

 

Simply select the group you would like to restrict, enter the Original Filename of the application to the Application List, and add it to the blocked applications list.

 

When the user tries to launch the blocked application they can be presented with a custom warning message that alerts them of the restriction.

 

BrowseControl is best used in tandem with our computer monitoring software BrowseReporter. Using both solutions provides the visibility and control you need to ensure that your organization’s computers are being used appropriately.

 

Don’t let internet abuse run rampant in your organization. Take back control over web browsing with a free trial of BrowseControl.

 

Get started today by visiting CurrentWare.com/Download

 

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

 

Thank you!

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On Premises

Easy to install. Everything stored on your own network.

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Manage Your Web Content Filtering Policies From a Convenient Central Console

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Why Use BrowseControl Web Filter?

Web content filtering with BrowseControl gives you full control
over internet use on the computers in your organization

5-15 hours/week

Employees waste as much as 15 hours per week on personal web surfing

64% of employees

64% of employees visit non-work related websites every day at work. 

Distracting websites

The biggest culprits? Shopping, Sports, Gambling, Social Media, Jobs & Porn

Enforce Acceptable Use Policies

  • Redirect users from restricted websites to your internet use policy
  • Prevent access to websites with pornography, malware, and other threats
  • Combine BrowseControl with BrowseReporter to give management alerts of policy violations

Productivity Management

  • Restrict distracting and inappropriate websites to keep your users focused on their tasks
  • Schedule unique restriction policies to provide lesser restrictions during breaks
  • Apply different policies for each user, computer, or group to avoid bottlenecks
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Protect Against Web-Based Threats

  • Restrict 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
  • Restrict malicious and high-risk websites with our category filtering service

Prevent Data Theft & Leakage

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

Improve Bandwidth Availability

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

Meet Compliance Requirements

  • Meet CIPA compliance for schools and other organizations with web protection requirements
  • Secure your network against cloud storage and malicious websites as an added layer of security
  • Prevent software piracy in the workplace by blocking access to P2P file sharing sites

Combine Web Filters With
Real-Time Web Usage Monitoring

Using CurrentWare’s workplace computer filtering and monitoring software in tandem provides organizations with advanced awareness and control over employee technology use.

Selectively monitor or restrict websites based on their impact and the level of autonomy you would like to provide.

  1. Use time-based filtering to allow access to distracting websites during off-hours times such as breaks
  2. Set alerts to notify you when employees are visiting unproductive websites being too frequently throughout the day
  3. Selectively allow non-malicious content categories based on business needs, such as allowing the marketing department to access social media

“We needed to control internet access to enforce our web usage policies across the organization. In CurrentWare, I found a solution that fulfilled the criteria of my entire project within a single suite of software.”

Larry Salvucci

IT Manager, Boston Centerless

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Transforms Shady Maple’s Productivity Strategy

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“There wasn’t any 360-page instruction manual – it just worked! When we first saw the employee tracking reports we were totally surprised by some of the behaviors and habits that had gone under the radar.”

Kevin Porsche

IT Admin, Shady Maple

FEATURE OVERVIEW

How to Block a Website With BrowseControl

Web filtering with BrowseControl makes blocking a website as easy as installing the web filtering software and adding domains to the Block List

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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!

Method 1: URL Filtering

Block Websites with a URL List

  1. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you would like to restrict from using a specific website
  2. Set “Internet” to “On” if it is not already on
  3. Go to “URL Filter
  4. Add the domain or URL (www.NameOfWebsiteToBlock.com) of the website you would like to restrict access to

Method 2: Content Filtering

Category Filtering Service

  1. Go to “Category Filtering
  2. Select the group of computer(s) or user(s) that you would like to restrict from using a specific website
  3. Set “Internet” to “On” if it is not already on
  4. Add each category you would like to restrict (eg. “Social Networks”) to the Blocked Category List

Method 3: URL Allow List (Whitelist)

Allow Authorized Websites Only

  1. Go to “URL Filter
  2. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you would like to restrict
  3. Set “Internet” to “Off” to restrict internet access to all websites that are not on the Allowed List
  4. Add the permitted URLs to the Allowed List

BrowseControl Web Filtering Features

Internet Off

Internet ON/OFF

One click to completely block users from browsing the web

Internet Off

URL Filter

Allowed list or Blocked list for specific URLs

Internet Off

Category Filtering

Block websites based on specific categories

Internet Off

Internet Scheduler

Schedule Internet restrictions at specific times of the day

Internet Off

Safe Search

Enforce safe search to prevent explicit search results

Internet Off

Internet Quota

Set a time-based quota for internet browsing

Internet Off

Download Filter

Block downloads from HTTP sites based on file types

Internet Off

Port Filter

Close unused and high-risk TCP/UDP ports

Internet Off

Customize Message

Display a customized warning message on blocked websites

Internet Off

Application Blocker

Block specific Windows applications from launching

Internet Off

Timer

Allocate specific time for your users to access the Internet

Internet Off

Stealth Mode

Restrict internet use without alerting users

Internet Off

Central Web Console

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

Internet Off

Remote Client Install

Easily deploy the CurrentWare Client remotely to all of your computers

Internet Off

Offsite Management

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

Internet Off

SQL Server Supported

Our database is scaled for enterprise and large business operations

BrowseControl Web Filtering Software FAQ

Will the Web Content Filtering Policies Continue to Work When Devices Leave the Office?

Yes. The computer filtering client agent has the ability to prevent access to malicious and distracting websites even if the employee’s computer does not have a connection with the CurrentWare Server.

The computer filtering client agent stores and enforces BrowseControl’s content restriction policies locally on the device.

The last known policies will continue to be enforced even if the computer loses connection to your network’s CurrentWare Server. 

This ensures that your internet content restriction and endpoint protection policies remain in effect regardless of the network your employees or students use.

Note: If you wish to update filtering policies or receive reports from client agents that are outside of the network they will need to be able to communicate with the CurrentWare Server.

Once a connection is reestablished you will receive the CurrentWare Client’s computer usage data and any policy updates will take effect.

Does CurrentWare Support Active Directory?

Yes, the BrowseControl web filter and the rest of the CurrentWare Suite support Active Directory.

This allows you to easily deploy the CurrentWare Client and manage your users using your existing Active Directory hierarchy.

AD Sync: CurrentWare allows you to integrate your Active Directory hierarchy into the CurrentWare Console so you can easily manage your users using your existing Organizational Units.

Client Installation: The CurrentWare Client can be deployed through Active Directory using a batch file or a .MSI file.

With CurrentWare’s Active Directory sync you can manage both AD and non-AD users from the same console.

A special group will be automatically created in the CurrentWare Console for your non-AD users so you can easily apply CurrentWare policy updates to all of your managed users.

How Does Web Filtering Software Work?

Web content filtering security solutions work by filtering based on DNS queries, domains, URLs, or content groups. 

The features provided by web filtering solutions improve the network security and productivity of businesses by mitigating the opportunities for employees to visit dangerous websites such as those used in advanced phishing schemes.

URL Lists: Block Lists (blacklists) are a list of links that are not allowed to be visited. This approach allows all websites to be visited except for those on the block list. In contrast to that, an Allow List (whitelist) approach blocks all websites except for a few that are on the allow list.

Content Category Filtering: Websites are restricted based on predefined content groups such as pornography, malware, shopping, or social media. Rather than manually blocking specific URLs the web filter administrators can use a category filtering database provided by the web filtering service provider.

The best web filtering technology will allow you to configure unique restrictions for each user and computer so that you can customize web content permissions based on the unique needs of each user group.

For example, enterprise web filters would need to ensure that IT personnel have lesser restrictions on their computers and user accounts than the rest of the staff.

Note: BrowseControl is an agent-based web security and URL filtering solution. Unlike a gateway that focuses on DNS queries for a specific network, BrowseControl’s computer filtering security policies are enforced for each device and individual user account.

Are There Any Limits to the Free Trial?

The free BrowseControl computer web filter trial is fully functional. You can deploy it on up to 10 computers for 14 days. If you need more time or more computers to properly evaluate our web filtering solution in your organization, reach out to our team.

Is BrowseControl Suitable For Families?

No. BrowseControl’s web content filters are designed for enterprise clients, schools, libraries, and other organizations.

BrowseControl is not suitable for parents that want parental control software to restrict their child’s computer and internet use. 

  • The minimum order quantity is 10 licenses, which may not be feasible for parents with a limited number of devices for their child.
  • BrowseControl starts at $2.99 USD per license per month; while this is advantageous pricing for a business environment, it may be cost prohibitive for parents that simply want a web filtering service for their child.
  • All of CurrentWare’s solutions are developed with a businesses, schools, and similar organizations in mind. As such, our features and development processes are not focused on managing child computer use in the way a dedicated parental control solution would be.

For filters that are more suited to families, please see the Best Parental Control Software reviews from PCMag.

Can I Allow Local Network Use While Preventing Access to Online Resources?

Yes. Simply set the internet to “off” in BrowseControl and add the authorized intranet sites to the Allow List using their hostname or IP address.

Learn More: Block Internet & Allow Intranet with BrowseControl

Can I Restrict Employee Technology Use in Citrix, RDS, and/or Terminal Server Environments?

Yes. The CurrentWare Suite is supported on desktop computers, virtual machines (VMs), and servers running modern versions of the Windows operating system.

CurrentWare is a Citrix Ready partner; all of our solutions have gone through rigorous testing to ensure it is compatible with Citrix. You can install the CurrentWare Clients on your Citrix Workspace running Windows. 

In addition, all CurrentWare components are compatible with Remote Desktop Services (RDS) or Terminal Servers (TS).

When restricting web use in Citrix with CurrentWare you can implement web security policies on PC Mode to restrict the individual virtual machine or on User Mode to restrict web access for specific employees across multiple devices and/or virtual machines.

Managing your end-users with CurrentWare in a Terminal Services environment works similarly.

The exception is that in a Terminal Server/Terminal Services environment the server will be registered as an individual endpoint; to apply granular policies for each user, department, or Organizational Unit you will need to use User Mode.

Learn More:
CurrentWare for Remote Desktop & Terminal Server

CurrentWare for Citrix Activity Monitoring

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