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    Web Monitoring

    Hi All,

    My Surfcontrol sub runs out and I haven't been up on web scanner and content filters for a while. Even though I often Recomend Surf Control, I have noticed hundreds of pages that aren't categorized. I mean that is the sole purpose of subscribing to a contect filter, you rely on them to set categorys for you. I often find myself submitting my own categorized version to a local database. Anyway that is a small discomfort and in new way diminishes the product, but since my sub is up I was wondering what is the latest and greatest in the opinion of other AO members.

    //EDIT

    Any new "gotta have" tools out there in this arena?
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    I (we) use squid+dansguardian (http://www.dansguardian.org). Dansguardian filters using both blacklists AND "true content filtering", meaning weighted word lists:
    Bad words are given a positive value, good ("mitigating") words a negative value, the page is processed, if the sum of all keywords values is greater than X (configurable) the page is blocked. This means it might, for example, block pages about "sex and porn" but not "sex education"...

    Works great and the best of all: it's free (although the url blacklist updates is subscription based, tought I don't even use it, I mostly rely on the true content filtering).


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    Thanks AMMO that looks cool, been tooling around the site. He apparently made smoothwall, which is another decent tool I have run in the past. I am about 1 step away from putting it on a test box.

    //edit The black list is pretty cheap. 1 business download per week for 15 a month, if you are a school or personal its 5 bucks. Pretty darn reasonable. The price goes up the more downloads you want, for instance 5 downloads a week is 50 bucks. If you only want 1 a month for a business its only 5 bucks.
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