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Managing Control Lists

Extensive Pearl Echo Block and Allow lists are typically not necessary when using Echo.Filters, our URL categorization database.  Despite the size of your control lists, it’s advisable to properly format and maintain control lists to ensure peak efficiency at your managed endpoints. 

The following brief video discusses managing your lists including proper use of wild cards: Managing Control Lists


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Pearl Echo Tips and Tricks - Shortcuts

Shortcuts

You can right-click on any entry in a Pearl Echo Log Window to link to and view a site, restore data like email content and chat, update a control list or decode email attachments. 

For Web sites you can also view the Echo.Filters category to which the web site belongs.

Pearl Echo Tips and Tricks - Auto Refresh

Auto-Refresh the Activity Log

To automatically update the Pearl Echo Activity Log, select "Auto-Refresh" from the File menu. While in Auto-Refresh mode other Pearl Echo console features are unavailable. Press Alt+F5 to escape Auto-Refresh mode.

Pearl Echo Tips and Tricks - AUP

Internet Acceptable Use Policy

You can inform users of your Acceptable Use Policy by summarizing it in the Warning message box in the Options menu. Your message can be a maximum of 256 characters.

You can also set you user's browser to redirect to an web page that hosts your AUP.

Pearl Echo Tips and Tricks - Overrides

Allow List Override

Entries in your allow list take precedence over all other controls with the exception of time controls. You can add an entry in your Allow List if you would like to override blocks caused by settings in your keywords, Ratings or Echo Filters. You do not need to have your Custom Controls set to Allow Listed for this override work.

Pearl Echo Tips and Tricks - Profile Changes

Profile Changes

For efficiency considerations, the Pearl Echo agent updates its profile settings from the Pearl Echo Administration Machine when a user logs into the workstation and when the Profile settings change while the user is logged in. After receiving its initial configuration at login the agent may take up to five minutes to sense a new Profile setting on the Pearl Echo Administration Machine. If you are testing changes, instead of waiting five minutes for each change, log off and then log back onto a workstation (you do not need to reboot).

When you see the computer's Workstation Startup entry in the Pearl Echo activity log, you can be assured that the Pearl Echo agent has gathered the latest Profile settings.