LightSpeed Systems Incorporates New Options for Filtering SSL and Google Services
Sep28

LightSpeed Systems Incorporates New Options for Filtering SSL and Google Services

One of the biggest challenges for organizations wishing to filter the internet is inspecting encrypted websites without violating the privacy of users. Encryption is important to protect the privacy of web users, but for schools, it poses a challenge. Information such as credit card details need to be protected by encryption, but it is also important for SSL websites to be monitored and web access managed to ensure students are protected. Many schools have problems determining how SSL websites can be decrypted, analyzed, and re-encrypted to protect students with their existing web filter. Schools also want to filter individual YouTube videos, rather than having to block the entire website and prevent students from accessing important educational material. They also want to have visibility into Google searches and block certain searches from generating search results. Similar controls must also be implemented to prevent certain Google images from being displayed. Most schools get around the problem by using proxies, certificates and PAC files, although such measures are not easy to...

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New Web Filter Bypass Controls Incorporated into Web Filter Longhorn
Aug15

New Web Filter Bypass Controls Incorporated into Web Filter Longhorn

The use of a web filter is essential in many industries, especially in education where it is necessary to block access to adult content and images for CIPA compliance. Implementing a web filter can help to ensure users are prevented from accessing certain categories of web content, although there will be many individuals that attempt to bypass web filter controls and gain access to restricted content. There are several publicly available tools that can be used to bypass web filtering controls, and a quick google search is all it takes to find them. Schools need to have visibility into these attempts and ideally, be able to block all attempts to bypass the web filtering controls. When attempts are made to bypass the web filter, instant alerts are required to allow rapid action to be taken to terminate sessions. Preventing the use of blocking tools such as Ultrasurf, Hotspot Shield, and Psiphon can be problematic with many web filters; however, Lightspeed Systems has a solution. In the latest version of Web Filter Longhorn, users are given better visibility to allow them to rapidly...

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Web Filter Longhorn Version 3.2.1 Released
Mar30

Web Filter Longhorn Version 3.2.1 Released

Lightspeed Systems has released an updated version of its education industry-focused web filter Longhorn. Version 3.21 of Web Filter Longhorn incorporates a number of enhancements to make monitoring and managing website and mobile traffic easier. The new web filter has been made more powerful, incorporating enhanced SSL decryption and more intelligent user identification to ensure users can be easily identified regardless of where they are accessing the Internet. The Adaptive AI database has also been improved for more accurate categorization of websites, reducing the potential for the overblocking of website content. Other major updates include: Allowing users to prioritize identification methods and select the order that each method of identification will be attempted. The addition of a second level of control for restricting access to YouTube videos. If used, administrators can set the YouTube filter as strict or moderate. Version 3.2.1 now incorporates Bing Safe Search, in addition to Google Safe Search The certificate installation process has been simplified by changing the...

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New Version of Rocket Web Filter Released by LightSpeed Systems
Feb16

New Version of Rocket Web Filter Released by LightSpeed Systems

Lightspeed Systems has announced version 3 of its Rocket web filter has now been released. The web filter is one of the leading web filtering solutions used in education to block access to malicious websites and sites containing inappropriate content for minors. The new version of the web filter includes a redesigned, sleek interface for ease of use, a redesigned administrator dashboard, and a wide range of new features designed to improve usability and school network management. The Rocket web filter is an appliance-based web filtering solution that runs on Lightspeed Systems’ proprietary technology, with options for cloud-based filtering also available. The web filter was developed first and foremost for use in education and soon become the go to company for web filtering, thanks to robust filtering controls that do not overblock web content. Version 3 of the Rocket Web Filter improves on its predecessor by increasing filtering speed and improving SSL handling. The latest version has better scalability and also now includes new reporting options, providing traffic reports in real...

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LightSpeed Systems Releases New Device Management Bundle for Windows
Nov10

LightSpeed Systems Releases New Device Management Bundle for Windows

Lightspeed Systems has launched a new Device Management Bundle for Windows that simplifies the management of Windows and non-Windows devices. The new package incorporates web filtering, mobile device management, and classroom management in one convenient package. The system was developed to help administrators manage the increasing number of mobile devices in use in educational institutions, control what those devices can be used for, and apply security controls in case of loss or theft. All controls can be easily set from a single administrator’s panel, with the option of securely delegating certain responsibilities to other users to ease the administrative burden. Through the control panel it is possible to view the screens of all users, set secure filtering policies, set testing policies, manage device features, and apply individual device controls to suit all users, including staff and students. Lightspeed Systems worked closely with Microsoft when developing the Management Bundle for Windows to ensure full compatibility with Windows 10, Microsoft Office 365, and Microsoft...

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