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Internet Monitoring and Web Filtering Topics

IT is Not Your Internet Cop

A comprehensive reporting module is a “must have” with any employee Internet management solution. The reporting module’s purpose is to synthesize raw data and turn it into information that can be easily understood and used by MANAGERS to manage their employees. The amount of time and labor cost a user spends at sports related Web sites is an example of an informative report. The number of violations to your organization’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy is another. Reports should provide information graphically and numerically and should be able to be scheduled to be run and distributed automatically. Advanced features like report customization and distributed reporting can also be beneficial. In large or growing organizations you may want to have managers run their own reports however you may want to limit you manager’s visibility to data of only those employees for which they are responsible. More...

Pearl Software College Scholarship Awarded

Pearl Software received numerous submissions for our college scholarship program. The student with the most creative and well-written essay is Occidental College's Isaac Glanzrock who discussed the role of technology in today’s society. Thank you to all that applied and congratulations Isaac! We at Pearl Software wish you all success in your academic endeavors.  Isaac's essay follows:

A Word of Caution Against the Consumption of Technology
By: Isaac Glanzrock

Smartphones that unlock via face detection. Car navigation systems that respond to voice. Undoubtedly, the gadgets of today have come very far from days past. The constant evolution of new technology continues to enhance human life on a daily basis. Drivers can now be routed to the nearest gas station with one voice command; cell phone users can get restaurant recommendations with just a few screen taps. Platforms such as Google Drive and Skype allow for innovation on an entirely new level, increasing efficiency by eliminating the need for physical presence. Video calls and online collaboration are the new norm for businesses, permitting ideas to be developed in one voice across thousands of miles. More...




Pearl Software Introduces Cloud-Based Web Filter

Exton, PA (PRWEB) May 21, 2014

Pearl Software announced the release of Echo.Cloud.Filter™, its cloud-based Web filtering solution. The Echo.Cloud.Filter provides organizations with over 60 content categories to block including custom Web white and black lists. Because its Web filtering occurs in the cloud, the solution is operating system and device independent. Filtering rules can be implemented without installing software on endpoints or adding additional hardware on-premises. Administrators can be confident that access to Web content is in line with policy, even if users are guests on the network or bring their own devices (BYOD) to use on an organization’s Wi-Fi hotspot.

“IT staff has the incredible challenge of securing their network while trying to accommodate users’ as they detach from their desktop with their personal devices like smart phones and tablets,” said Pearl Software CTO, Joe Field. “With Echo.Cloud.Filter, users of an organization’s Internet are easily pointed to our filtered DNS servers where custom access rules are applied. Administrators log into the Echo.Cloud.Filter portal to view usage details as well as set policy.”

Echo.Cloud.Filter provides organizational-level reporting and filtering policies. The product is configured in minutes as there is nothing to install and nothing to maintain. The Echo.Cloud.Filter DNS servers are redundant and multi-tiered, capable of filtering every URL request and either honoring them or redirecting them to a default or custom warning page. The Web filtering rules are based on Pearl’s Echo.Fitlers™ URL filter database, a component of Pearl Software’s leading suite of Internet monitoring and control products. For organizations needing additional monitoring and control features, Pearl Software provides Website.Echo as well as its flagship product, Pearl Echo.Suite.