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ContentFilter for BorderManager Launched

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By Marcus Williamson

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Posted: 27 Jul 2005
 

Connectotel has announced the launch of its new ContentFilter for Novell BorderManager software.

ContentFilter provides filtering and blocking of unwanted websites by performing real-time textual analysis of website page content. The product is significantly less expensive than competing third-party solutions, which require costly ongoing annual subscriptions.

Benefits

The principal benefits of using ContentFilter are:

  • ContentFilter is priced reasonably.
  • ContentFilter does not require expensive ongoing subscriptions.
  • The list of words and phrases to be blocked is completely open and can be easily added to or edited by the Administrator.
  • ContentFilter operates in conjunction with existing Novell BorderManager or Novell Security Manager software and does not require additional server or gateway hardware.
  • ContentFilter is easy to install and configure.
  • Once deployed, the software can be left running without any further intervention from the Administrator.
  • ContentFilter works with both Novell BorderManager and the new Novell Security Manager product.

Donald Mundrick is the WAN administrator of Rockyview School Division, a 4000-user site in Alberta, Canada. He said that after carefully evaluating several Internet filtering products, they chose ContentFilter for their 36 rural schools. Its seamless integration with Novell's BorderManager was a big selling feature, but they were most impressed with ContentFilter's ease of use and granular control.

Commenting on the announcement Tim Crabb, Novell Product Manager, said: "Connectotel offers a great URL and content filtering option that enhances the protection provided by Novell's firewall and perimeter security products."

Marcus Williamson, Connectotel Managing Director, added: "Following the great success of the LinkWall Suite, we are delighted to be able to offer ContentFilter as another low-cost option for Network Administrators who wish to prevent access to unwanted sites."

Pricing and Availability

ContentFilter is available immediately from Connectotel and its authorized resellers worldwide. 45-day evaluation downloads of the ContentFilter software is available from the Connectotel website at:
http://www.connectotel.com/contentfilter

For pricing of the ContentFilter product please see:
http://www.connectotel.com/contentfilter

About Connectotel

Connectotel specializes in providing software development and consulting for networks, including Novell NetWare, Novell eDirectory, Novell BorderManager and GSM SMS. Other successful Connectotel products include the LinkWall Suite, SMSGateWay Duplex and Password Policy Manager. More information about Connectotel can be found at http://www.connectotel.com/

FAQ - ContentFilter for Novell BorderManager

Q. What is ContentFilter?
A. ContentFilter is a solution for filtering and blocking access to unwanted websites. ContentFilter filters unwanted websites by performing real-time textual analysis of website page content. ContentFilter runs on the same server as Novell BorderManager, or on any other Novell NetWare server within a network.

Q. Which platforms are supported?
A. ContentFilter runs on Novell NetWare and supports the Novell BorderManager and Novell Security Manager platforms.

Q. What hardware and software is required?
A. ContentFilter runs on a standard Novell NetWare server with Novell NetWare 5.x or 6.x and a minimum of 512MB of RAM.

Q. Who would use ContentFilter?
A. ContentFilter can be used by any organisation which needs to control the sites which can be accessed by users. ContentFilter will block access to sites which contain unsuitable words, as defined by the Network Administrator.

Q. How can ContentFilter help Network Administrators at U.S. educational establishments?
A. ContentFilter helps US educational establishments to become compliant with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) which entered into force in April 2001. This mandates site blocking for K-12 schools and public libraries, and denies access to certain federal funds for organisations not meeting this requirement. It is therefore essential for administrators in this type of environment to have a blocking solution in place. Similar legal requirements are increasingly being implemented in many other jurisdictions worldwide.

Q. What are the advantages of using ContentFilter?

A. The advantages are:

  • ContentFilter does not require expensive ongoing subscriptions to maintain proprietary site blocking lists.
  • The list of words and phrases to be blocked is completely open to inspection and can be easily added to or edited by the Administrator.
  • The LinkWall Suite operates in conjunction with your existing Novell BorderManager software and does not require additional server or gateway hardware.
  • The LinkWall Suite is easy to install and configure.
  • Once deployed, the software can be left running without any further intervention from the Administrator.
  • ContentFilter integrates with your existing administration tools.

Q. Does ContentFilter replace the LinkWall Suite?
A. The LinkWall Suite and ContentFilter are different products with similar aims. ContentFilter can be used on its own or in conjunction with the LinkWall Suite. Connectotel believes in offering a choice to Network Administrators on how they do filtering of website traffic, whether it is by URL lists or by real-time textual analysis.

Q. What does it cost?
A. Pricing for ContentFilter can be found here: http://www.connectotel.com/contentfilter

Q. From where can I download the evaluation?
A. The 45-day evaluation version of ContentFilter can be downloaded from here: http://www.connectotel.com/contentfilter


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