Security Appliance: Dynamic Filtering
The usefulness and far-reaching impact of the internet cannot be ignored. And while there are other filtering services attempting to make the internet a safer place, few come close to meeting the high standards the Churches and members of the Plain Community require.
Security Appliance began with the idea that no one understands the values and needs of the Plain Community like members of the Plain Community.
Who will benefit from using Security Appliance?
Helping Businesses Provide Safe and Productive Working Environments for Their Employees.
Businesses can safeguard their employees from immoral websites while also increasing productivity by blocking categories like Social Media, News, Sports, and other non-business related content.
Helping Churches Protect Their Members and Provide Accountability.
Some Plain Communities have specific internet guidelines for all their members to follow. Security Appliance makes it easy to set and monitor those boundaries on an individual member level.
How does "dynamic filtering" work?
Security Appliance is smart enough to know when to simply hide questionable content on a page while still making important functions usable (called "pruning") yet intelligent enough to block objectionable categories completely. This is one of the key advantages of dynamic web filtering that you get with a product like Security Appliance.
Let's take online shopping websites as an example. Much of what is on the home page is unnecessarily distracting, and can be inappropriate as well. Security Appliance dynamically filters out most of the home page while leaving the search bar and navigation still usable.
Dynamic filtering also means knowing the difference between generally harmless categories (like automotive parts & accessories) and questionable categories (like Movies/Visual Media).
How is content rated?
At its core, the Security Appliance classifies text into categories. But what kind of categories? And what do those categories represent? The Security Appliance uses a rating system to depict the tone of a category and represent it visually.
But what kind of rating system? Unlike other content filters, the Security Appliance does not rating content by who it is appropriate for - as in Everyone / Teens / Adults - instead representing where it is appropriate. The rating names are drawn from the concept of particulate filtering - how fine or coarse is the filter mesh that would permit the content to get through.
A key assumption that the Internet is most frequently is being used in a workplace context, facilitating the everyday tasks of research, transactions, and commerce. Usage reports are colorized according to the Category Ratings of the content that was accessed.
Below is a list of rating definitions that Security Appliance uses to filter all content. Just like a physical particulate filter, the goal is that appropriate content will pass through untouched while objectionable content gets removed or blocked by the filter.
We realize some organizations and businesses need access to content that is outside of the usual filtering guidelines. That is why we have designed Security Appliance with powerful flexibility and customization features to meet your specific filtering needs.
Certain inappropriate categories will always be blocked, and cannot be allowed.
Want a bird's eye view?
Create a report layout that only contains the Graphs and Genres sections.
Want lots of detail?
Create a report layout that contains
Domain Name sections.
Security Appliance can be installed in one of two ways.
First, Security Appliance is a Linux-based firewall installed physically at the first link of the chain in your network, between the modem and the switch. All traffic from your network flows through this gateway, meaning that no software or configuration is required on the computers or devices on your local network before they are filtered. This effectively filters the internet service you purchase from your provider, before it reaches your devices.
Second, Security Appliance can be installed on individual devices through a cloud connection. The advantage of this configuration is that no on-site hardware is needed.
Due to the vast amount of internet content, web filtering works best with dynamic, real-time analysis of page content. Because content can be good or bad depending on the context, dynamic content filtering should be aware of context for inaccuracy. The filter engine of the Security Appliance classifies HTTP Requests and Responses into categories. Good categories are allowed normally. Unwanted categories show the block page instead.