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Hello,

I'm interested in implementing a solution to monitor my employees internet usage.  Reporting on usage is important too.  Another option i would like is a way for authorized managers to be able to override a blocked website if they deem it is allowed.  Lastly, the ability to both whitelist and blacklist specific URL's and domain names.

I am open to both software and services.  This is a windows shop.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Question by:deklinm
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Larry Struckmeyer MVP earned 167 total points
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Many commercial router/firewall appliance will monitor and report as well as allow blocking and unblocking of specific websites.  Watchguard,, Sonicwall, Calyptix and many others, starting around $500, some of which include UTM software.

There is a (mostly) free open source product called Untangle that only needs a medium duty workstation and two nics.

And there are edge devices that cost many thousands of dollars.  Some many, many thousands.  Budget will play a big part in your decision as well as the number of users as you get more CPU and RAM (meaning more throughput) when you pay more.
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You can use Untangle as fl_flyfishing suggests (I do) - it will also run in a VM (It's my router on a Hyper-V server right now).
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Someone just mentioned a product called Websense to me.  Does anyone have any experience with it?  Is it worth the money?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Sounds vaguely familiar.  Other than that, never used it.

No comments on what we're suggesting?
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