What is Web Filtering?

Web filtering (also known as URL filtering and content filtering) is a cloud-based cybersecurity solution that enables you to block users from accessing malicious phishing sites. It can also be used to prevent users from accessing a range of website categories, such as adult content, social media and streaming sites, such as Netflix.

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What Are The Benefits of Web Filtering?

Enhance Endpoint Security

Content filtering is inexpensive and provides your business with an extra layer of security by filtering content and blocking access to known phishing and NSFW sites. It works seamlessly with our cybersecurity solutions, such as antivirus software and cybersecurity awareness training.

Improve Employee Productivity

With the ability to dictate safe and approved websites, URL filtering can also help you improve employee performance by preventing access to ‘distracting’ websites during work hours, such as Facebook, Amazon and gambling sites.

Speed-Up Network Performance

Content filtering can enhance your network performance by limiting websites that use a lot of bandwidth, for example, streaming services like Netflix and Disney+.

Protect Remote Workers

An increasing number of remote workers are being targeted by cybercriminals due to many having a more relaxed approach to cybersecurity at home. Cloud-based website filtering can protect remote workers by limiting sites accessible on their work devices, without impacting their home broadband.

Web Filtering Features

URL Filtering FAQs

Q. How Does Web Filtering Work?

A. When a user tries to access a website via their machine, they will pass through a router, in addition to the web filter. The web filter will check the site’s URL against its database of malicious and blocked websites. If the website is not on the block list, the user will be directed to the website. However, if the website is malicious or violates the IT policy, the user will not be able to access it.

Q. How Is Content Filtering Implemented?

A. Web filtering is completely cloud-based, meaning that nothing physical has to be installed on your router or devices.

Q. Does URL Filtering Affect Network Speeds and Latency?

A. Filtering anything will slow down a process. However, with the correct set-up, web filtering should have little-to-no difference to your internet speeds.

Q. How Much Does Web Filtering Cost?

A. Web filtering is an inexpensive cybersecurity solution and is priced per user, per month. Talk to us today for a no-obligation quote.

Q. Can I Set Different Filtering Permissions? 

A. Yes! Naturally, some staff will need to access certain websites; for example, marketing departments may need to access social media platforms. Policies can easily be set for individual users.

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