New Web Filtering Technology Addresses Internet's Rapid Expansion

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Bloxx's Web Filtering appliance helps Woods Services schools better serve their mission by streamlining and safeguarding network security

The centralized management, automatic updates and URL categorization all work exceptionally well, and the help desk is no longer wasting time with manually updating URL databases

Bloxx Inc., the enterprise web filtering specialist, announced today that Woods Services has successfully reduced IT costs and improved employee productivity and Internet security after installing two Bloxx Tru-View Technology appliances just over a year ago.

Woods Services, a Pennsylvania-based organization dedicated to serving people with special needs, had previously been struggling to manage two solutions, a Microsoft ISA server and a URL database Internet filter, to monitor the online activity of students, residents and staff. Adding to the difficulty of dueling solutions, upgrades and automatic updates to the URL database frequently failed to occur.

Manually updating the list of websites to be blocked was a drain on Woods' IT resources. Skipped updates also precipitated an increase in the use of anonymous proxies, which allow users to easily bypass Web filters and access the sites of their choice. Hundreds of new anonymous proxies are created every day, and if not added to a URL database, they render Internet filters useless.

The Bloxx Web filtering appliance with Tru-View Technology improves upon traditional filtering, which relies only on URL databases and key words. These first- and second-generation methods are quickly growing obsolete as the Internet expands and anonymous proxies and other avoidance techniques gain speed. Tru-View's ability to analyze, categorize and filter websites in real time with multi-tiered filtering algorithms, coupled with URL databases and keyword scoring, keeps pace with these changes. Tru-View automatically categorizes and filters up to six million Web pages a day--including all pages not listed in the URL database.

Now that the Bloxx appliances are operational, "The centralized management, automatic updates and URL categorization all work exceptionally well, and the help desk is no longer wasting time with manually updating URL databases," said Woods Services network administrator Jamie Pastor.

The appliances cater to all different departments and groups--nearly 700 users. Pastor explained: "We have the ability to easily adjust the sensitivity of the unit based on the needs of the groups we create. For example, our HR department is allowed to view career sites, but the rest of the staff can not." Bloxx has also eliminated the challenge of students and staff circumventing the filter with anonymous proxies.

With its automatic Tru-View categorizations, and as a manageable, all-in-one appliance, Bloxx proved itself the most efficient and cost-effective solution for Woods Services' network, staff and students.

More information about Tru-View Technology is available online at http://www.bloxx.com.

About Bloxx: Bloxx Inc., the enterprise Web filtering company, offers appliance-based Web filtering for medium and large organizations in both the business and public sectors. Established in 1999, Bloxx is a privately held company with offices in the U.S., U.K., The Netherlands and Australia. In 2007, it was recognized by Deloitte as one of the U.K.'s Top 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies in its prestigious "Fast 50." For more information, visit http://www.bloxx.com.

Media Contact:
Stephanie Sperry, Marketing Manager - North America
Phone: 781-229-0980 Email: ssperry@bloxx.com

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