Lightspeed Systems Announces New Solution to Block Content Filter Bypass Tools in K-12 Schools

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Filter Bypass Controls, new to Lightspeed Systems Web Filter, prevents dangerous student web behavior by detecting use of Psiphon, UltraSurf, Hotspot Shield and more.

Filter Bypass Controls, now available in the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter, prevents students from circumventing their school's content filter and accessing inappropriate material.

“This Web Filter feature takes only a second to implement and makes the web a significantly safer place for students to learn and explore," says Lightspeed Systems President and CEO Brian Thomas.

Education technology solution provider Lightspeed Systems has introduced a crucial new feature to its award-winning school content filter to help protect students online. Filter Bypass Controls, now available in Lightspeed Systems Web Filter, gives school IT departments the power to ban and report on the use of web filtering bypass tools.

School content filters teach students how to use the internet safely and identify dangerous behavior by alerting school administrators and IT employees of misuse. Student users have turned to filter bypass clients such as Psiphon, UltraSurf, Hotspot Shield, VYPR and more in an effort to get around their school filter. Filter Bypass Controls is a proprietary, AI-powered technology that tracks traffic associated with filter bypass clients, blocks them, and adapts to changes in these dangerous technologies. This feature builds upon the Lightspeed System’s Web Filter’s Multilayered Bypass Protection, a series of features that integrate to prevent student access to security-risk sites including unknown URLs and peer-to-peer traffic.

Filter Bypass Controls lets school IT departments:

  •     Ban filter bypass clients with a single click in the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter interface
  •     Receive real-time alerts when use of bypass tools is detected
  •     Report on any user attempts to bypass the filter, and
  •     Lock out users who attempt to bypass the filter for a time period ranging from one to 60 minutes.

“Filter bypass tools have become increasingly organized and sophisticated, and they give students the ability to get around filtering to access adult content, hacking sites, and other dangerous material,” says Lightspeed Systems President and CEO Brian Thomas. “This Web Filter feature takes only a second to implement and makes the web a significantly safer place for students to learn and explore.”

This powerful technology is available today in the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter. To learn more, request a demo, or receive a quote, visit http://www.lightspeedsystems.com/products/web-filter.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Web Filter, Mobile Manager, Management Bundle for Windows, and Relay for Chrome. To learn more, visit http://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

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