As the Web permeates the workplace it brings a number of problems with the benefits. Time-wasting, band-width hogging and the potential spread of viruses are some of the biggest issues.
BrowseControl is an easy-to-use Internet access management program that can be con-trolled by non-technical users such as line managers or teachers. The program consists of two parts: a console that must be installed on the controlling machine, and a client that is distributed to multiple computers.
Clients connected across the network are displayed in the console and their Internet use can be blocked or limited to set times during the day using a timer facility (see here for a screenshot). It is possible to create ‘whitelists’ of sites that can be accessed at any time. BrowseControl also provides tools to monitor access by groups as well as individual PCs.
In addition to controlling Web access, the software can be used to restrict applications such as KaZaA or MSN.
On a dedicated server and with appropriate training, BrowseControl does streamline Internet access control. Although neither the easiest Web-blocking software to use nor the cheapest, BrowseControl 1.4 offers a comprehensive feature set.
Price: $59 (personal copy); $14 (per copy for 20+ units)