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Blocking Out Those Nasty Habits

31 October 1996

RGT has come across a couple of new products which will likely help your boss save you from yourself. Both are systems designed to keep you from accessing "harmful" internet sites such as those which offer gambling opportunities.

One of these is offered by Secure Computing Corp., a leading provider of network security solutions. With this new URL blocking tool, network administrators can "protect their systems from unwanted or unproductive Internet usage."

Subscribers will get access to the Webster Control List which contains tens of thousands of URLs in "16 potentially harmful categories, such as criminal skills, hate speech and online gambling. The list also targets Web categories that may have a negative impact on employee productivity including sports, entertainment, online merchandising and job search."

"Executives have three concerns when connecting to the global Internet - security, loss of productivity and legal liability risks," said Kermit Beseke, chairman of Secure Computing. "Corporations have a growing concern over employees accessing non-work related sites on the Internet and World Wide Web. This solution results in the reduction or elimination of non-business surfing and preserves bandwidth for productive business use."

But this company is not without competition. The aptly-named Spyglass Inc. has announced Surfwatch. It offers Internet access for a whole company through one single server using low cost connections. Once installed on the server, the Surfwatch add-on blocks which filters for sexually explicit material as well as filters for violence (including hate crimes), drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and gambling.

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