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How to Block Internet Sites

How to Block Websites

About ContentWatch

ContentWatch products are highly decorated in terms of awards. The company focus is to allow organizations to filter Internet sites or to block websites entirely (or partially).

ContentWatch products can allow or block Internet sites from being viewed based on a user or group profile. In other words, if the organization wishes to block websites with pornography or related content, those websites will be blocked and blocked for everyone, or a group, or a select few.

Because pornography and gambling websites are prone to containing malware, organizations can improve internal IT security by blocking websites of that nature. In addition to improving security, employee productivity can be enhanced by limiting or blocking websites that distract from the worker's "real" job. Finally, and for legal reasons, it's good business practice to completely block pornography or nudity from company resources to avoid creating a hostile or harassing work environment.

Blocking Websites

Whether on a computer or smartphone, when a person is browsing the internet, ContentWatch products check the web sites requested to evaluate the content of the page requested. ContentWatch technology evaluates the text and metadata of the website requested and categorizes it. If the website is categorized as "pornography" or "gambling" and if the group or user profile is set to block those websites, they will be blocked.

If a person is using a browser and types a search term into Google, Bing or other search engine page, ContentWatch products show the website search results onscreen. ContentWatch products allow Google or Bing to show the results of the phrase or word search, but as the person clicks on the resulting links, ContentWatch products will block websites to be visited if they are categorized as something the group or user's profile is set to block.

Internet Site Categories to Block

The types of website content that ContentWatch is specifically looking to categorize include some of the following (partial list): abortion, alcohol, dating, death/gore, drugs, gambling, lingerie/swimsuits, mature, nudity, pornography, profanity, provocative, proxy, suicide, tobacco, and weapons.

All other website categories are allowed to be viewed. For example, ContentWatch products will not block a news website, a school website, a Wiki or a user forum—as long as content is appropriate and based on the profile.

How To Block Sites

If the organization's desire is to completely or partially block Internet access based on days of the week or times of day, ContentWatch is ready to assist. ContentWatch products have a time management feature that allows time limitations to be set to allow or to block website access.

Administrators can establish a time range, for example, to block web access from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or, if the organization wishes to give all employees one hour a day of Internet time, a policy can be set to give all employees 5 hours of Internet use time per week. The employee can choose when to take their "me time" online.

The time management feature is very flexible. Organizations have the flexibility to allow Internet access only at specified times of day or for specified amounts of time.

User or Group Profiles

Administrators can establish a profile for website blocking based on specific users or by creating groups. For example, marketing might be given access to Facebook, while manufacturing has Facebook blocked.

Note from our CEO, Russ Warner

Most organizations are concerned about employee productivity, as well as providing a positive work environment for workers. ContentWatch products help organizations block websites or block Internet access--either completely or at different times of day.

Because certain types of websites, such as pornography and gambling, are more likely to contain malware, organizations can improve internal IT security by blocking websites of that nature. In addition, employee productivity can be enhanced by limiting or blocking websites that tend to distract. And for legal reasons, it's good business practice to completely block pornography or nudity from company resources to avoid creating a hostile or harassing work environment.

New websites and content are added to the Internet every hour of every day. The IT staff does not have time to review every website; it's critical to rely on an Internet filtering tool to keep Internet access under control and limited to those websites the company deems appropriate.