The Benefits of Software to Block Websites

Software to block websites has two objectives – to reduce exposure to web-borne threats and control Internet access for network users. The benefit of the first objective is simple to understand. By using software to block websites that harbor malware and ransomware – or that have been built to execute phishing attacks – you avoid network infections, data loss and financial loss.

Using software to block websites in order to control Internet access can be beneficial to businesses that want to increase productivity, schools that want to comply with child protection legislation and publicly-accessible WiFi services that want to provide a family-friendly browsing environment.  In all these use cases, two factors are is necessary for the software to be effective – ease of use and versatility.

The Importance of Ease of Use and Versatility

When software to block websites was first introduced into schools in order to comply with the Children´s Internet Protection Act, it was basic, complicated to use, and – due to a lack of versatility – blocked access to educationally important online material and support groups. Many schools forfeited the E-rate discounts they were entitled to because of the issues.

Fortunately, software to block websites has since evolved. It now has auto-configuration, automatic updates, user-friendly interfaces, and networks can be administered from a single, web-based portal. More importantly, it is versatile. User policies can be applied by individual user, user group or network-wide. Internet access can also be controlled by time, IP address and bandwidth.

With this level of versatility – and using schools as an example – students in different grades can access age-appropriate material, students studying different subjects can have different filtering parameters applied according to their syllabuses, and it is even possible to allow unfiltered access to social media portals during breaks between lessons.

Versatile Software to Block Websites from WebTitan

WebTitan´s software to block websites consists of a robust defense against web-borne threats. A combination of blacklists, anti-virus software, SURBL filters, URIBL filters and malicious URL detection software prevents network users visiting websites harboring malware or ransomware, and websites especially constructed to execute phishing attacks.

Our software to block websites also includes a feature called SSL inspection. This feature examines the content of encrypted websites to ensure they are malware-free and comply with the user policies applied by network managers. Despite the padlock symbol and misleading use of the word “secure”, many websites with an SSL Certificate are known to be unsafe.

Network managers wishing to monitor web activity in real time can do so via the web-based administration portal, from where they can also pull reports about historic web activity. This level of reporting can help compliance managers compile risk assessments and identify any weaknesses in existing user policies – such as web traffic passing through non-standard ports.

Control Network User Internet Access with Ease

WebTitan´s software to block websites also help network managers control network user Internet access with ease. More than six billion web pages have been sorted into fifty-three categories (adult entertainment, online shopping, sports news, etc.) that network managers can block with the click of a mouse. The categories are updated in real time as new web pages are published and categorized.

It is equally as simple to apply keyword filters and bandwidth controls or allow trusted websites to bypass the filtering mechanisms by whitelisting them. Business with directory tools such as Active Directory can integrate WebTitan with their tools in order to accelerate the application of user policies, and multiple administration roles can be created to delegate responsibilities.

Network managers concerned that software to block websites is high maintenance (as it was when first introduced into schools) will be pleased to learn there is no local client software to install on individual devices. WebTitan is compatible with every type of operating system, auto-configures and has an automatic back-up and restore feature. All software updates are conducted automatically by us.

  • Prevent malware, ransomware and phishing.
  • Ensure compliance with user policies.
  • Monitor web activity in real time.
  • Granular category and keyword filtering controls.
  • Block access by user, user-group, time and bandwidth.

Try Our Software to Block Websites for Free

If you are concerned about your exposure to web-borne threats such as malware, ransomware and phishing – or you would like to know more about controlling user Internet access – you are invited to contact us and discuss your requirements with one of our Sales Technicians. Our Sales Technicians will be happy to answer your questions, and will offer you a free trial of WebTitan´s software to block websites in one of the following deployment options:

Our Software to Block Websites
WebTitan Gateway WebTitan Gateway is a software-based website content filter that acts as a second line of defense behind your firewall. Exceptionally powerful, and capable of supporting 60,000 users, WebTitan Gateway can also be hosted in virtual environments.
WebTitan Cloud WebTitan Cloud is a cloud-based software to block websites that can be implemented within five minutes via a simple DNS redirection. Effective and reliable, WebTitan Cloud delivers filtered Internet access with imperceptible latency.
WebTitan Cloud for WiFi WebTitan Cloud for WiFi can protect wireless networks of all sizes – from single WiFi routers to a nationwide network of WiFi hotspots. Businesses operating a BYOD policy should be sure to ask about the benefits of WebTitan Cloud for WiFi.