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Problems with Internet filters on college networks

College Networks

A in-dept look at the problems with Internet filters on college networks

Internet filters have been around for a while now, and they can form a vital part of the network security infrastructure. Typically they are used for blocking access to inappropriate or non-work related sites, preventing applications such as BitTorrent from operating, blocking malware, and preventing viruses. However, many of the filtering systems used by small-to-medium sized organizations are not so good when it comes to managing sites that consume lots of bandwidth. Last week I worked with a college that was having intermittent problems with its Internet connection. At regular intervals the connection would slow down causing problems for teachers, students and administrative staff.

Read the full article on my ComputerWorld blog