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> From: M G Durrant <email@example.com> > > 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." Lightspeed is the only filtering product that is designed for the educational market only. There is another issue you might want to be aware of related to 8E6. It appears the company has pretty close relations with the American Family Association - a very conservative religious organization. Go to: http://www.afa.net and scan down the left hand side to AFA Filter. This goes to Bsecure. <http://www.bsecure.com/offers/afafilter.aspx?13850> Note also here: <http://www.bsecure.com/offers/focusonthefamily.aspx> "Bsecure is honored to be among the resources suggested by Focus on the Family. The two pro-family, Christ-centered organizations have teamed up to offer Internet protection for your family at a special rate of *30% off the regular price." There were several articles online that are no longer available that indicated that indicated that Bsecure is a subsidiary of American Family Association. Note the press release on the bsecure site: <http://secure2.bsafeonline.com/News/8e6Home.aspx> Also here: http://www.8e6.com/press-releases/products/8e6-technologies--bsecure-announce-integrated-internet-security-collaboration.html "Florida-based Bsecure Technologies and California-based 8e6 Technologies today announce the beginning of a powerful collaboration aimed at expanding upon the companiesí best-of-breed technologies by providing the first, truly integrated client/server Internet Security solution. Over the last nine years, privately-held 8e6 Technologies has continually pushed the envelope, providing leading-edge appliance-based Internet security, filtering, reporting and bandwidth prioritization tools for thousands of enterprises worldwide. In the same time, Bsecure grew to provide robust client-based Internet security, filtering, personal firewall, spyware/adware blocking and spam solutions." Also here:<http://www.8e6.com/partners/pn_tech.htm> Bsafe Online, Inc. (This was the prior name of BSecure) A vertical service provider (VSP), Bsafe Online distributes and supports new and growing lines of Internet filtering and security applications. Using the 8e6 Database, Bsafe currently markets a client software version entitled 8e6Home. So who is deciding what sites students can and cannot access? And is this constitutional? Nancy -- Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D. Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use http://csriu.org firstname.lastname@example.org --- 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