Netsweeper Announces Filtering Enhancements to Block Inappropriate YouTube and Wikipedia Content
Published on Thursday, 08 April 2010 00:00
Written by Travis Howle
Guelph, ON, Canada, April 8, 2010 - Netsweeper, a global provider of Internet content filtering and web threat management solutions, is excited to announce a series of core feature enhancements, uniquely designed to further protect children from inappropriate content and other web based threats.
"In a very short time, the Internet has evolved to become a major influence on our society," said Perry Roach, founder and CEO of Netsweeper. "Used primarily and originally as a source for information, the Internet is now utilized for a host of applications including; entertainment, communication, purchasing, banking, advertising, commerce and data transfers just to name a few. However, the dramatic growth of the Internet does not come without its challenges. Today, the Internet is also being exploited to deliver content that may be deemed as inappropriate for some users and criminal tactics such as personal identity theft."
"Though Netsweeper does not take a stance on what information should be accessible online, we do develop and offer tools to enable the IT managers or parents to manage Internet access and activity for those they are responsible for," continued Roach. "Netsweeper's latest enhancements now allow for better controls around the accessible content on sites such as YouTube and Wikipedia."
In addition to providing the ability to enforce Safe Search on Search Engines, including Google, Yahoo! and Bing among others, Netsweeper will now enforce YouTube filtering for minors. With this feature enabled, access to inappropriate videos will be blocked.
"YouTube is a fantastic site and is regularly used for educational purposes," said Andrew Graydon, COO at Netsweeper. "However, many school systems and parents have a tough choice to make when it comes to the idea of allowing or disallowing access to YouTube. Enforcing the Safety Mode for YouTube now allows children and teachers to leverage this tool for educational purposes without the worry of inappropriate materials being accessed."
A second enhancement introduced by Netsweeper, is the ability to filter the search results returned from Wikipedia. With this new feature enabled, IT administrators now have the ability to control access for content which could be deemed as inappropriate or offensive for display.
"While Wikipedia has no Safe Search functionality, we have had many requests to enable filtering and blocking of content for some of the more explicit entries," added Graydon. "To combat this in a procedural way, we have implemented a solution from the core of the Netsweeper systems requiring only configuration changes for each customer. As of today, all deployments of Netsweeper can manage the available content for all searches made in Wikipedia."
In addition to these two industry advances, Netsweeper has enhanced its market leading abilities to detect and block Anonymous Proxies. Today, anonymous proxies are becoming increasingly sophisticated. To combat the challenges posed by these proxies, Netsweeper has invested considerable time and energy to research and further refine its Artificial Intelligence Categorization Engines to properly identify and quarantine these sites.
"Students are infamous for attempting to 'beat the filter'. One of the more common methods is through the use of anonymous proxies. With a significant percentage of our business being in the education space, it is crucial for us to remain one step ahead," explained Graydon. "Today, the core of our business proposition is our ability to accurately and quickly identify and categorize new web content. This Artificial Intelligence Engine is not only capable of identifying sites with such content, but is the best in the industry when it comes to deciphering new web threats, such as viruses, spyware and anonymous proxies."
Netsweeper is pleased to announce that these enhancements are now in place and active across the entire Netsweeper customer base.