Monthly Archives: January 2010

How to block google talk and gmail chat on company network?

Google Talk (GTalk) is a free Windows and web-based application for instant messaging and voice over internet protocol (VOIP), offered by Google Inc. You may use “Google Talk” to send instant messages, transfer files, make PC-to-PC calls and audio conferencing.

However, sometimes you may want to block usage of google talk on company network. This tutorial will guide you to block google talk using WFilter.

Though instant messaging between the Google Talk servers and its clients uses an open protocol XMPP, it is more complicated and flexible than XMPP.
Google talk uses several ports to connect to its server:

1). Using Jabber standard tcp port 5222.
2). Using TLS port 443.
3). Using web chatting on port 80 in gmail.

So you can not block Google talk by simply blocking Jabber standard port. WFilter makes it simple to block google talk. Google talk connections can be identified and blocked by signature matching.

The below examples demonstrates blocking of google talk.

1. Blocking of Google talk and gmail chat

Set a blocking policy in WFilter to block jabber and google talk:

Blocked Google talk:

2. Block file transfer of Google talk

You also can block file transfer of Google Talk in WFilter. This will block file transfer of google talk without blocking of normal google talk text messaging.

More information, please check “WFilter Enterprise”.
Other related links:
How to block internet downloading?
How to monitor internet usage on company network?
Internet monitoring software for business
How to filter web surfing?
How to block websites and restrict internet access?
How to Block Bittorrent and bitcomet?
How to block msn file transfer?
How to block certain websites to save your productivity?
How to block AIM using WFilter?

How to block bbc iplayer on company network?

BBC iPlayer (formerly known as Integrated Media Player (iMP), Interactive Media Player, and MyBBCPlayer) is an internet television service, P2P, cable television, and several mobile devices developed by the BBC to extend its existing RealPlayer-based “Radio Player” and other streamed video clip content.

As online iPlayer may consume much internet bandwidth, this tutorial will guide you to block BBC iPlayer using WFilter. We suppose WFilter is already properly installed and is capable of monitoring/blocking other computers, if not, please read How to monitor internet usage on company network first.

WFilter’s “website black list” is based on website domains, so we can not use “website black list” to block iPlayer, since iPlayer is a subfolder of www.bbc.co.uk without a individual domain. However, we still can use “URL Keywords Filtering” feature to block url with certain keywords.

The below example demonstrates blocking of url with keyword “iplayer”.

1. Create a blocking policy, and enable “URL Keywords Filtering”.


2. Choose “Streaming Media” category and click the edit icon to edit its keywords list.


Please notice: WFilter already has some default keywords(the default
keywords are hidden). For example, “video” is already included in the
“Streaming Media” category. If you only want to block “iplayer”, you can add a new category in “Category Settings”->”Customize Categories” of WFilter.

In this example, we need to add “iplayer” to the keywords list:

3. Apply this blocking policy to certain computers.

4. By now, urls with keywords “iplayer” will be blocked.

More information, please check “WFilter Enterprise”.
Other related links:
How to block internet downloading?
How to monitor internet usage on company network?
Internet monitoring software for business
How to filter web surfing?
How to block websites and restrict internet access?
How to Block Bittorrent and bitcomet?
How to block msn file transfer?
How to block certain websites to save your productivity?
How to block AIM using WFilter?

How to upgrade wfilter manually?

It’s very simple to update your WFilter to the last version. This tutorial will guide you to update your WFilter manually.
Please follow below steps:


1. Download the last version from our website.





2. Uncompress the downloaded package and launch it.



3. Choose “Reinstall/Upgrade”.







Please notice: Reinstallation/upgrade will not change/delete your settings or monitored data.

Download url: http://www.imfirewall.us/download_trial.htm


How to block sending emails with attachment on company network?

WFilter can be used to block sending/receiving emails, block sending attachments and filter email accounts. And you only need to install WFilter in one computer to monitor all computers in your network.

This tutorial will guide you to block outgoing emails with attachments.

1. Block outgoing emails with attachment(s)

This feature can block sending of emails with attachments via SMTP protocol.

1.1 Add a new blocking level, as in the below figure:

1.2 Set a proper “Level Name” and “Level Desc”, check “Block sending emails with attachment(s)”, as in Figure 2:

1.3 Apply this new blocking level to certain users in “User-computer Table”, as in the below figure:

1.4 Emails with attachment(s) will be blocked, as in Figure 4: