SafeDNS Partners with Internet Watch Foundation
Mar18

SafeDNS Partners with Internet Watch Foundation

The web filtering platform provider SafeDNS has been helping consumers and businesses control the content that can be accessed via their wired and wireless networks since 2013. SafeDNS is already a ‘Friendly WiFi’ accredited company and its solutions ensure minors can access the Internet safely and securely and avoid sexual content and other age-inappropriate websites. Now the Alexandria, VA-based firm has announced it has partnered with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), and through membership with the organization, has taken another step toward making the Internet a cleaner and safer place. The IWF is a not-for-profit organization committed to cleaning up the Internet and removing images and video content of child abuse, child pornography, and other criminally obscene website content. The organization searchers for images of child abuse and allows Internet users to anonymously report any websites, webpages, and forums where such images are hosted. The IWF plays a major role in taking down the content and helps to bring the perpetrators to justice. The IWF also maintains a Child...

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SafeDNS Partners with Router Manufacturers to Provide WiFi Control Straight out of the Box
Dec11

SafeDNS Partners with Router Manufacturers to Provide WiFi Control Straight out of the Box

SafeDNS has partnered with router manufacturers to offer safe WiFI access straight out of the box. Most WiFi routers do not incorporate the necessary controls to allow the filtering of Internet content without the addition of a third-party solution or controls applied at the ISP level. When web-filtering solutions are included, they tend to be basic and typically do not include advanced capabilities such as SSL inspection, so are restricted to blocking HTTP sites. As more businesses mover over to HTTPS, these web filtering controls cease to be effective. Cybercriminals are also making the move to HTTPS, so the failure to decrypt, inspect, and re-encrypt traffic could leave businesses and consumers exposed to online threats. Further, most routers with Internet access controls included do not offer the same granular control as third party solutions and custom filtering rules cannot be applied.  Even in a home environment this can cause problems, as it is not possible to apply different settings for individual users. The all or nothing approach means the same restrictions for a...

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SafeDNS Earns AV-Comparative Award for Web Filtering
Aug14

SafeDNS Earns AV-Comparative Award for Web Filtering

The independent testing lab AV-Comparatives conducts extensive tests of anti-virus and other security software to provide businesses and consumers with advice on the top security products. In this year’s tests on parental control and web filtering solutions, SafeDNS was ranked in the top three out of all parental control solutions under test. SafeDNS provides consumers with the ability to carefully control the types of content that can be accessed via their home networks, with the solution also offered to businesses to prevent employees from accessing content not suitable for the office. One of the main uses of the solution at home and in the workplace is to prevent pornography from being accessed – An area where the solution performs particularly well, blocking 99.8% of adult content in the AV-Comparatives test. No other solution under test performed as well at filtering adult content. Following tests in previous years, SafeDNS has made improvements to its category filters in other areas, notably the blocking of gambling sites and weapons-related content. The solution blocked 94%...

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SafeDNS Enhances Web Filter to Improve Detection of Malicious Resources
Aug01

SafeDNS Enhances Web Filter to Improve Detection of Malicious Resources

SafeDNS, a provider of web filtering solutions for home and business users, has launched a new version of its platform featuring new proprietary technology that has significantly improved the detection of malicious websites. Since the new technology was implemented, detection of malware and other malicious websites and webpages by SafeDNS has increased by 66%. The solution is now able to accurately detect 98% of malicious websites. Many web filtering solutions rely on blacklists of known malicious websites to determine whether access to page content should be granted. Unfortunately, solutions that only rely on blacklists fail to block a large percentage of phishing websites and sites containing malware and exploit kits, as there is often a significant delay between the creation of a malicious website and its inclusion on a blacklist. The new SafeDNS system places less reliance on static lists and instead maintains its own list of websites based on its own analyses of sites. Multiple new methods of assessing websites have been incorporated into the latest version of the platform...

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SafeDNS Joins Friendly WiFi Initiative
Apr12

SafeDNS Joins Friendly WiFi Initiative

Parental control and web filtering company SafeDNS has been accredited as ‘Wi-Fi Friendly’ and is now an approved vendor of web filtering solutions that ensure minors can access the Internet safely and securely. The Friendly WiFi Initiative is the world’s first public Wi-Fi accreditation scheme, which was devised by RDI (UK) Holdings in conjunction with the UK government and the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. The aim of the initiative is to encourage businesses that offer Wi-Fi access to their customers, clients, and patrons to ensure only family friendly websites can be accessed via their networks. This is of particular importance in locations where minors may visit, such as coffee shops, restaurants, venues, hospitals, and libraries. To be accredited, an organization’s web filtering solution is subjected to stringent tests to ensure it is effective at blocking access to obscene images and other adult and undesirable content. Organizations that pass the assessment can display the Friendly Wi-Fi symbol. Businesses that use a Friendly Wi-Fi Approved Vendor’s solution can...

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