Securly Announces New Initiative and Partnership to Benefit Education Sector
Jul13

Securly Announces New Initiative and Partnership to Benefit Education Sector

The San Jose, CA-based web filtering solution provider Securly has announced a new partnership with WiscNet to better protect Wisconsin students from harmful Internet content. The firm’s standard Chrome-based web filtering solution has also been made available free of charge to K12 schools across the United States. WiscNet Partnership Sees Discounts Offered on K12 Web Filter Solutions WiscNet is a membership organization that offers education services to public and private schools throughout Wisconsin. A partnership with Securly is allowing existing and new members to obtain significant discounts on the Securly web filtering service. Securly’s web filter has primarily been developed for K12 schools and educational institutions to make Internet filtering more straightforward. The cloud-based filter can be used to secure devices connected to school and other Wi-Fi networks and prevents students from visiting inappropriate websites. The solution can also monitor social media accounts and email activity and generate alerts of potential self-harm and bullying. The solution also includes...

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Securly Launches Anycast DNS powered Internet Filtering Service
Mar31

Securly Launches Anycast DNS powered Internet Filtering Service

Securly has announced that its K12 web filtering solution is now being served through Anycast DNS on AWS. Anycast DNS speeds up the load time of websites by routing the user to the nearest server to the user’s location. Websites can be located on servers all over the world, which will naturally involve some latency when the user is some distance away from the server. Anycast DNS essentially brings that content closer. Typically, a content distribution network (CDN) is used to achieve this. A CDN is a network of proxy servers and data centers through which web content can be served to reduce latency and ensure availability. Servers are chosen based on which is the closest and has the lowest latency. While CDNs are effective at speeding up the loading of static or cached web content, they do not work so well for dynamic content and do not work with Internet protocols such as DNS. Anycast DNS solves that problem. Anycast allows different web servers to share the same IP address, which means clients requests can be taken to the nearest web server serving that content – the server with...

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Securly Launches DNS-Based iPad Web Filtering Solution
Mar08

Securly Launches DNS-Based iPad Web Filtering Solution

Securly is the first web filtering service provider to develop a DNS-based web filter for iPads. While web filtering is already available for IPad users, the DNS-based approach eliminates the problems associated with browser-based filtering and the use of proxies. While it is straightforward to apply web filtering controls on laptop computers and desktops, extending that filtering to iPads has proved to be a major challenge. It is possible to apply DNS filtering controls to Windows laptops and Chromebooks, but due to the limitations of the architecture on iPads it was not possible to make DNS settings stick across Wi-Fi and LTE networks. iPads use the Safari web browser which could not easily be secured using a DNS-based web filtering system. Consequently, the alternative was to use other browsers that could easily be secured. The problem is that on iPads, links are opened in Safari, which would bypass filters applied to other browsers. In industries such as education this would create a problem. Compliance with CIPA would require the Internet to be filtered on all devices, all the...

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Securly Simplifies the Deployment of Cloud-Based Web Filters
Aug10

Securly Simplifies the Deployment of Cloud-Based Web Filters

There are several issues associated with appliance-based web filters. The cost of the appliance, the lack of scalability, problems with deployment, and the bottlenecks they can create when bandwidth-heavy applications are used or streaming services are being accessed by multiple users. These problems have seen many organizations turn to cloud-based filtering solutions. Cloud-based web filters require no hardware, are highly scalable, easy to deploy, and have the same level of granular control as their appliance-based counterparts. Since no expensive hardware is required, they can also offer significant cost advantages over appliance-based web filters. One disadvantage of cloud-based filtering is that it is often necessary to speak to customer service teams to implement the solution. Many organizations struggle to configure the solution on their own. Since customer service teams are usually busy, this can delay the implementation of a cloud-based web filter. Securly is now offering a solution. An entirely self-servable cloud-based web filter that can be set up through a browser...

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Securly Partners with Internet Watch Foundation and iKeepsafe
Jun29

Securly Partners with Internet Watch Foundation and iKeepsafe

Two organizations committed to making the Internet a safer place and removing and blocking illegal web content are the Internet Watch Foundation and iKeepSafe. This week, the web filtering solution provider Securly has announced that it has partnered with both organizations and the Securly web filter has been verified as meeting strict standards for Internet control. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is a UK based charity committed to eradicating child pornography from the internet and making it harder for individuals to access such content. The charity works closely with law enforcement agencies and ISPs to ensure that illegal images and videos are taken down and permanently removed from the Internet. The charity is also committed to bringing the individuals responsible for uploading the content to justice. IWF maintains a blacklist of websites and webpages discovered to be hosting images of child abuse or child pornography, which can be applied to web filtering solutions to ensure such content cannot be accessed. Securly has incorporated the IWF blacklist into its own blacklist...

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