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Um, Barracuda and Websense are not web filters. Barracuda is a email spam and virus filter. Websense is part of Google's advertising service package. As far as web filtering, most schools in Utah are filtered by 8e6, the remainder are mostly filtered by Lightspeed. We have 8e6 on a statewide contract which is administered by the Utah Education Network. The individual 8e6 filtering appliances are administered by the school districts themselves. Some schools have separate reporting appliances, others have combo appliances, but all have reporting capability. The 8e6 appliance I use is shared with another entity (an area technical college); we have experienced total hardware failure twice in four years. The units have been promptly replaced, but the failure still caused pain. The filtering is mostly easy to administer, but there can be surprises. I would not characterize it as "set it and forget it." Guy Durrant Technology Director Daggett SD Manila, UT > From: Pamela Livingston <email@example.com> > > Dear EDTech Colleagues, > > On 5/17 I'll be joining TEAM Charter Schools in Newark, NJ as Dir. of IT. I am hoping to ask any Tech Directors/Network Managers out there a question. > > What content filtering appliance (for incoming and outgoing mail - protecting the network and computers and also preventing access to inappropriate Websites - and hopefully allowing some easy reports) do you use and are you happy with it? Any pitfalls/challenges/caveats to report? > > We will have elementary school students, plus we accept Federal money, so are required to do some filtering. I've used Barracuda as well as Websense before, but that was several years back. > > Thanks very much in advance, > Pamela > ---------------------------------------------- > Pamela Livingston > firstname.lastname@example.org > Author of "1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work" > Blog: http://1-to-1learning.blogspot.com > Twitter: plivings > 973-476-4819 --- Edtech Archives, posting guidelines and other information are at: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~edweb Please include your name, email address, and school or professional affiliation in each posting. To unsubscribe send the following command to: LISTSERV@H-NET.MSU.EDU SIGNOFF EDTECH