Proxy-based internet filtering solution requires you to setup a proxy server, either transparent or non-transparent, then you can setup policies to filter web access. There are a lot open source or free products. This solution has below advantages and disadvantages.
- Free or open source.
- Can filter websites.
- Most are linux-based. You need a linux pc to setup the proxy.
- No support.
- Less features. Only for domain filtering.
- Add network latency.
Proxy-based internet filtering solution is similar to the “website black list” in your router/firewall. If you only need to block some sites, it’s an option.
With WFilter ICF, you will get:
- Enterprise-level internet monitoring and filtering features.
- Dedicated support.
- No influence to network performance.
- Easier to be deployed.