SecureSchool Transparent Filtering and SSL Intercept
An ordinary proxy server can’t transparently filter HTTPS traffic—but our innovative add-on can
If your school—like most—participates in the federal E-Rate program, then you know you’re required to filter incoming Internet traffic.
That’s a pretty straightforward mandate. But then along comes bring your own device and a big snag: Popular BYOD gear—like iPads, iPhones, and Android phones and tablets—rarely (or poorly) support proxies.
What’s a school to do?
How does it work?
What about HTTPS traffic?
Problem: HTTPS content is encrypted, so filters can’t view it. Non-viewable content cannot be content filtered.
One solution is to create a blacklist and block URLs completely. But some sites contain good and bad content—like Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube—so banning them outright would deprive students and staff of important resources.
Blacklists are also difficult to update and maintain, since new sites pop up every day and can’t all be scrutinized.
The best solution is dynamic, real-time filtering—which offers tons more flexibility. It examines the content on each page and decides if it’s acceptable or not. For example, certain pages on Wikipedia—such “Porn Stars”—would not be allowed. But something like “Star Wars” would be permitted.
Enable the SSL Intercept feature in your SecureSchool box, and you’ll be dynamically filtering HTTPS traffic in real time.
Like a trusted man in the middle (TMITM) it:
To get started:
Transparent Filtering and SSL Intercept are reasonably priced—go to our rate calculator now for fee info.
Want to test them out—free for 30 days?
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