Workplace Internet Filtering 
& Monitoring Software

CurrentWare’s workplace internet filtering and monitoring software prevents the misuse of the internet in the workplace

“Prior to the use of BrowseControl and BrowseReporter, our IT department was totally unable to control or monitor the use of the internet by our employees.”
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How to Manage Employee Internet Use With CurrentWare

Restrict Employee Internet Access

BrowseControl is the best web filter for blocking internet sites at work

  • Block websites based on category, URL, domain, or IP address
  • Customize internet restrictions for each user, device, or department
  • Schedule unique internet restrictions throughout the day

Monitor Employee Internet Use

BrowseReporter is the best employee monitoring software for tracking internet use

  • See how much time is spent on unproductive web browsing
  • Compare active time vs idle time to see which websites are being actively browsed and which are in the background
  • Noisy data such as CDNs and advertisements are filtered out;  the reports show actual employee internet usage

Empower Employees to Self-Monitor

With BrowseReporter’s End-User Reports feature your employees have on-demand access to their user activity data

  • Allow employees to benefit from the same insights that will be used by managers and human resources
  • Increase employee autonomy by allowing them to self-manage their internet and application usage
  • Improve transparency of employee monitoring by showing employees exactly what data is being tracked
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BrowseReporter's work from home employee productivity report

Manage Your Remote Workforce

CurrentWare’s employee internet management solutions allow you to monitor and restrict the internet usage no matter where your employees work.

  • Use the Productivity by Location report to compare productivity between time spent at home and in the office
  • Use the offsite mode to continue monitoring and restricting internet access when portable devices leave the network
  • Updates to internet restriction policies will sync with offsite devices once they reconnect to the server

“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

The Benefits of Employee Internet Management Software

Enforce Internet Usage Policies

  • Get alerts of policy violations
  • Redirect employees from blocked websites to your company’s acceptable use policy
  • Keep records of employee internet use, even when they clear their browser history

Improve Employee Productivity

  • Block distracting and inappropriate websites
  • Monitor employee internet history for excessive unproductive web browsing
  • Make data-informed management decisions with user activity tracking
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Limit Liability Risks

  • Collect evidence of unacceptable internet usage
  • Prevent employees from accessing unsafe or inappropriate websites
  • Improve internet security by limiting access to dangerous websites

Improve Endpoint Security

  • Prevent access to high-risk websites
  • Monitor internet usage for suspicious activity
  • Block unwanted computer programs

Increase Network Performance

  • Find out who is consuming excessive bandwidth
  • Detect unexpected bandwidth spikes
  • Restrict access to unproductive bandwidth hogs

Manage Remote Workers

  • Protect off-site devices against risky browsing
  • Keep remote workers focused on their tasks
  • Enforce policies no matter where staff work

Case Study

How Shady Maple Improved Productivity With Workplace Internet Filtering & Monitoring Software

Shady Maple found CurrentWare during a significant period of growth in their company. As their number of employees grew, Shady Maple knew that they needed an employee productivity solution that was scalable.

Their old ways of managing their employee’s misuse of the internet in the workplacemanually checking each computer and hoping that the employee didn’t clear out their web historywould no longer be sustainable.

Since implementing CurrentWare’s workplace internet filtering and monitoring software, the productivity of Shady Maple’s employees has skyrocketed. Thanks to the central console Shady Maple could review the internet browsing data of their entire workforce from a single device. CurrentWare’s ease of use and automated reporting made the solution accessible for use by managers, HR, and IT personnel alike.

The robust CurrentWare client agent maintained the integrity of browsing data even when employees deleted their browser’s web history, providing Shady Maple with accurate and actionable information about employee browsing habits.

Commonly abused websites and applications were effortlessly blocked from being accessed. Employees that needed access to blocked content for legitimate work purposes could be readily exempted from CurrentWare’s content filtering policies. 

Thanks to CurrentWare, Shady Maple’s network performance has dramatically improved and their workforce has regained focus on their core tasks. The HR department suddenly gained the ability to present tangible evidence of disinclination to employees who had been underperforming.

“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

BEFORE CURRENTWARE

Network Congestion

Employee internet abuse drained the available bandwidth, harming the productivity and efficiency of the entire organization.

Excessive Cyberloafing

Actively disengaged employees wasted excessive amounts of time on unproductive websites, sneakily hiding their browsing habits.

Inefficient Management

Each employee’s computer was manually checked for evidence of misuse, wasting valuable time. Evidence of internet abuse was easily hidden.

AFTER CURRENTWARE

Fast & Stable Internet

Employee internet use is monitored for abuse. Bandwidth hogs are blocked and employees are coached on acceptable use policies.

Focused Employees

Each employee’s computer is manually checked for evidence of misuse, wasting valuable time. Evidence of internet abuse is easily hidden.

More Time For Core Tasks

Effortless management from CurrentWare’s central console increases efficiency, allowing saved time to be invested where it matters most.

CurrentWare’s Employee Internet Management Software

Internet filtering and monitoring software for managing employee internet use

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Internet Filtering Software

  • Block websites based on URLs and content categories
  • Make unique policies for each user, device, or department
  • Control internet access with allow and block lists
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Internet Monitoring Software

  • Track websites visited and how much time was spent browsing
  • 15+ detailed web activity reports to choose from
  • Receive automated alerts of employee internet abuse

Manage policies and run reports from a convenient central console

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“This product is well worth the cost and the staff has been amazing! This is the only Internet filter I will ever use. It was so easy to set up and maintain!”

Vision Quest Communications

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

Flexible Deployment Options

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On Premises

Easy to install. Everything stored on your own network.

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Remote Workers

Connect remote users with minimal configuration.

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Private Cloud

All the benefits of the cloud on a server of your choice.

FEATURE OVERVIEW

Employee Computer Activity
Dashboards & Reports

BrowseReporter’s user activity dashboards and computer usage reports give you the insights you need to identify productivity leaks, detect excessive bandwidth usage, and improve business intelligence

Granular User Activity Data Dashboards

  • Review aggregated results of your entire workforce or drill down to individual users
  • Select the date range and activities you want to populate the dashboard with
  • Use the activity log to review raw data; add/remove columns, sort data, and export to .XLSX or .PDF
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BrowseReporter data dashboard calendar range selection
BrowseReporter data dashboard activity log
BrowseReporter Employee Productivity Report Graph
BrowseReporter Employee Productivity Report Graph

Productive vs Unproductive Web Browsing

  • Track how long users are away from their computers
  • View time spent on productive vs unproductive web browsing
  • Customize idle time based on last keyboard/mouse inputs

Idle Time Tracking

  • Track how long users are away from their computers
  • View time spent on productive vs unproductive web browsing
  • Customize idle time based on last keyboard/mouse inputs
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BrowseReporter data dashboard idle vs active time tracking
BrowseReporter Top 10 Domains by Active Browsing Time report with bar graphs.
BrowseReporter data dashboard top 5 websites and groups

See What Websites are Browsed the Most

  • Find out what the top browsed productive, unproductive, and neutral websites are
  • See which groups are the most active internet users
  • Review what categories of websites are being visited

Monitor Bandwidth Consumption

  • Detect bandwidth hogging websites on your network
  • Review bandwidth usage trends to inform network capacity planning
  • See which individual users or groups have the greatest bandwidth usage
BrowseReporter Bandwidth Usage by Sites report with 13 different URLs listed.
BrowseReporter data dashboard bandwidth usage
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BrowseReporter Employee Productivity Report Graph

Track Application Usage

  • Detect the use of unauthorized software applications
  • Find out what the most popular apps are and how long they're used for each day
  • Determine software adoption rates through user activity data

Check out our great reviews on Capterra!

"As a "novice" I was able to set up with help from support in about an hour. Previous software took forever and didn't work as advertised. This software worked right out of the box."

- Dr. Gerard B, Owner
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"This software was easy to install and customize to our needs. Category Filtering is such a time saver and of course saving time is saving money!"

- Scott S. Senior Systems Engineer
Maritime

Tips for Combining
Web Filtering and Internet Monitoring

Should you block a website or monitor its usage? In this section you will learn the best practices for using internet management software to restrict internet access and monitor employees in the workplace.

When to Use Internet Filtering

Internet filtering is a proactive method of managing employee internet use – access to particular websites or categories is prevented entirely.

Internet filtering is best used for blocking websites that employees should never be allowed to access.

  • Block web content categories that are inappropriate for the workplace such as pornography, hate, violence, and virus-infected sites.
  • Restrict access to unproductive websites that are consistently distracting your employees such as social media, news, and shopping sites. 
  • Create a safer workplace by preventing access to materials that may be used as tools for harassment (inappropriate images, gag websites, etc)

When to Use Internet Monitoring

Internet monitoring is a reactive method of managing employee internet use  –  the internet usage of employees is collected into reports, allowing you to address browsing habits after it’s collected by the monitoring software.

Internet monitoring is best used to track internet usage habits without explicitly preventing access to websites.

  • Provide employees with the autonomy to browse the internet freely while keeping track of web browsing to ensure it’s not impacting their productivity.
  • Review employee web activity reports to identify high-risk or inappropriate websites that have not yet been added to the block list of the web filter.
  • Track bandwidth use to identify users that are causing network latency with HD video streaming and excessive file downloads.

How to Combine the Two Solutions

Using workplace internet filtering and monitoring software in tandem provides optimal control over employee internet usage.

You can selectively monitor or block 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 restrict content categories based on business needs, such as allowing the marketing department to access social media

“We block clearly objectionable websites, but we wanted a way to see how our people spent their time on the rest of the internet. The Sites Visited report is great, it provides the exact details we’re looking for.

Aaron Siegel

Network Admin, Sessions & Kimball LLP

FEATURE OVERVIEW

How to Block Internet Access 
on an Employee’s Computer

With the BrowseControl internet filter blocking a website is as easy as installing the solution and adding the websites you would like to block to the Block List

Install BrowseControl Workplace Internet Filtering Software

Setup File Contents:

  1. CurrentWare.exe: cwServer & cwConsole setup
  2. cwClientSetup.exe: CurrentWare Client Setup File 
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Step 1
Download & Install BrowseControl

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On the administrator’s computer, run CurrentWare.exe to begin your installation. Select BrowseControl and Category Filtering from the solutions list.

The Installer will proceed to install the CurrentWare Server, Console, and BrowseControl onto the administrator’s computer.

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Step 2
Deploy software clients

Deploy the CurrentWare Client (cwClientSetup.exe) on all the computers you want to control.

The client can be deployed locally, using Active Directory, SCCM, or with our built-in remote deployment tool.

Connect the CurrentWare Clients on your employee’s computers to the CurrentWare Server on the administrator’s computer.

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Step 3
Block websites

After the installation, you will see all of your computers on the CurrentWare Console.

Use the Category Filtering feature to effortlessly block thousands of websites based on pre-defined content categories such as Porn, Social Media, News, and Sports. 

Use the URL filter to selectively allow or block specific internet or intranet sites based on URL, domain, or IP address.

Method 1:

Block Websites with Blocked Lists

  1. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you would like to block 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 URL (www.NameOfWebsiteToBlock.com) of the specific website you would like to block for the chosen computer(s) and/or user(s)

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

Method 2:

Block Websites by Category Filtering

  1. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you would like to block from using a specific website
  2. Set “Internet” to “On” if it is not already on
  3. Go to “Category Filtering
  4. Add the categories you would like to block (ex. “Social Media”) to the Blocked Category List

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

Method 3:

Allow Authorized Websites Only Using the Allowed List

  1. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you would like to control
  2. Set “Internet” to “Off” to block internet access
  3. Go to “URL Filter
  4. Add the allowed websites to the Allowed List

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

FEATURE OVERVIEW

How to Monitor Your
Employee’s Internet Usage

BrowseReporter is the best internet monitoring software for business. Monitoring employee internet use is as easy as installing the solution on your employee’s computer and generating internet activity reports from the central console.

Install BrowseReporter Employee Monitoring Software

Setup File Contents:

  1. CurrentWare.exe: cwServer & cwConsole setup
  2. cwClientSetup.exe: CurrentWare Client Setup File 
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On the Manager’s computer, install the CurrentWare Console

  1. Run the CurrentWare.exe setup file. 
  2. Select BrowseReporter.
  3. The Installer will proceed to install the CurrentWare Server, Console and BrowseReporter onto the Manager's computer.
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On the employees' computers, install the CurrentWare Client

  1. Run the client setup file on your employee's computers.
  2. Connect PCs to the CurrentWare Server.
  3. Your employee's Internet activities are now being tracked by BrowseReporter.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 on all computers.
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Return to the Manager’s PC, launch the CurrentWare Console

  1. Under the BrowseReporter menu, click on "Run Report".
  2. Select your desired report type.
  3. Select the computers or users.
  4. Click the “Run Report” button to see your report.

Method 1:

Run Reports On-Demand

  1. Open BrowseReporter
  2. Select Run Report
  3. Choose the desired report type
  4. Select the computers or users you would like to review
  5. Select the reporting period
  6. Click the Run Report button to generate the user activity report

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

Method 2:

Schedule Internet Usage Reports

  1. Configure your email settings
  2. Open BrowseReporter
  3. Select Email Reports
  4. Click on the New Schedule button.
  5. Define the Email address of the recipient of the reports.
  6. Select a Report profile
  7. Define the Schedule frequency and time of the email report.
  8. Click Add Schedule to finalize your Email report settings.

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

BrowseReporter's internet activity report scheduler

Method 3:

Get Automatic Alerts of Specific Web Activities

  1. Configure your email settings
  2. Open BrowseReporter
  3. Select Email Alerts
  4. Click on the New Alert button
  5. Put in the Alert Name and an email address of the recipient
  6. Define a Threshold (How many visits before an alert triggers)
  7. Select the Computers/Users that you want to monitor
  8. Choose the alert type that you want to monitor – URL or Category

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

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CurrentWare Features

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Internet ON/OFF

One click to completely block the Internet

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URL Filter

Allowed list or Blocked list for specific URLs

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Category Filtering

Block websites based on content categories

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Internet Scheduler

Set unique restrictions at specific times of the day

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Internet Monitoring

Track what websites are being visited by employees

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Web Activity Reports

15+ different detailed web activity reports

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Track Application Use

See what applications are being used by employees

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Email Reports

Automatically email reports of web usage to managers

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Block USB

Block unauthorized USBs to protect against data theft

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Block External Devices

Easily block DVDs, external drives & other peripherals

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Device Permissions

Set full access, read only or no access on storage devices

Internet Off

Allowed List

Allow specific storage devices  on your network

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Centralized Console

Manage all your users from the centralized console with Active Directory import or syncing

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Remote Client Install

Only a few steps to remotely install the CurrentWare Client on all of your computers. 

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Offsite Management

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

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SQL Server Supported

Database scaled for enterprise and large business operations using Microsoft SQL Server

Workplace Internet Filtering & Monitoring Software FAQ

Are there any limits to the free trial?

The free 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 workplace internet filtering and monitoring software solutions in your organization, reach out to our team.

Will CurrentWare have access to my employee's internet usage data?

No. CurrentWare’s software does not send your user’s computer usage data to CurrentWare. 

All of the data collected by CurrentWare’s software is stored on a database that is managed by your organization. 

For more information please refer to our Terms of Service.

Will your workplace internet filtering and monitoring software continue monitoring employees and enforcing internet usage policies when employees leave the network?

Yes. The client agent installed on the employee’s computer has the ability to restrict and monitor your employee’s internet use even if it does not have a connection with the CurrentWare Server.

The client agent stores and enforces policies locally on the device. CurrentWare’s last known policies will continue to be enforced even if the computer loses internet connection or connects to a different network.

Note: If you wish to update policies or receive reports from client agents outside of the network they will need to be able to communicate with the CurrentWare Server. Once a connection is reestablished you will receive your employee’s internet usage data and any web filtering policy updates will take effect.

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Will My Employees Know They Are Being Monitored?

Depending on the needs of your environment and the laws of your jurisdiction you can opt to deploy our employee internet management software with or without its transparency-enhancing features enabled.

Stealth Employee Monitoring

BrowseReporter operates in stealth mode by default.

In stealth mode, the CurrentWare Client is not visible in the system tray or control panel of the employee’s computer. Your employee will not be able to uninstall the CurrentWare client or prevent it from running.

Transparent Employee Monitoring

BrowseReporter includes a variety of transparency-boosting features to help your employees remain aware that their computer activity is being monitored in the workplace.

  • Monitoring Notifications: Display a custom message that periodically reminds your employees that their internet and application activity is being monitored by BrowseReporter

  • Show In System Tray: Enable this feature to make the CurrentWare Client visible in the system tray of your employee’s computers.

  • End-User Reports: Enable this feature to give your employees access to their own computer activity data. This lets them see exactly what internet and application usage data is being shared.

Can I use your employee internet management software for my remote team?

Yes. BrowseReporter and BrowseControl support a variety of deployment options that allow you to monitor and restrict your employee’s internet use no matter where they work.

To learn more about using our workplace internet filtering and monitoring software for remote workers, visit this article: How to Set Up Workplace Internet Filtering and Monitoring Software for Remote Workers

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