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How to block websites, applications, etc on the network?

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I am looking to find a solution so that I can block websites, ex:facebook on our network while allowing  some people having access. Also I would like to block some applications, ex: torrent software or any peer to peer software. What appliance would you recommend? I found something from barracuda, but don't know if they are good. Please advice,
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by:Mixxit
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Does it need to be an appliance? How about WebSense? It should allow you to do everything you need.
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by:okamon
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thanks, does that means with websense, all our data will flow over to their network?
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No, they have several products but the ones I have used reside locally.

They have some cloud solutions where presumably your traffic would flow to them but I would go with something installed at your location.

See here:
http://www.websense.com/content/web-filter-features.aspx
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by:okamon
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so the one you use locally you installed on windows server? I actually prefer something not relying on windows os and not going through other network....
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I was using a Windows installation but I think they have a Linux option as well.
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by:okamon
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I am not looking to go with the option at this point.... anyone had experience with barracuda??
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No, but I have good experience with the content filter from the Sonicwall Firewalls. You can connect it with LDAP and the single sign on tool to your AD DS. Then you can create different AD Groups, Add the users to it and then set different Contentfilter Rules on the Firewall for each group. Works pretty well.
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