GFI WebMonitor 3 Offers Unobtrusive Real-Time Monitoring of Users' Web Activity, Internet Access Control, and Protection

Latest version of Web monitoring tool for Microsoft ISA Server performs virus scanning, proactive content checking, and file-type blocking

London, UK, 31 August 2005 -- GFI has released a new version of GFI WebMonitor, its access control plug-in for Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server that allows administrators to monitor the sites users are browsing and what files they are downloading -- in real time. GFI WebMonitor 3, formerly only available as a lightweight freeware tool, will now be offered as a commercial version which can scan all downloads for viruses, perform proactive content filtering (such as preventing access to adult sites), and block files based on type, among other new features. GFI WebMonitor also supports add-ons which enable it to identify and block malware including Trojans, adware, and spyware.

Unobtrusive Internet Access Control in Real Time

GFI WebMonitor installs on ISA Server 2000 and ISA Server 2004 as a Web filter and is transparent to the user, making it the perfect solution to unobtrusively exercise a degree of control over users' browsing habits and ensure legal compliance -- in a manner that will not alienate one's network users. It enables administrators to check and instantaneously stop any traffic that could compromise the company's network security, open it to legal liability, or jam the corporate bandwidth.

"Many companies exercise some control over users' Web browsing habits -- not only to ensure productive use of the Internet but also to safeguard users from objectionable sites and to ensure that downloads are virus-free," said Andre Muscat, GFI Product Manager. "The traditional full-blown Web proxy filters are cumbersome to install/administer and expensive to buy, while log file analyzers are awkward to use and do not allow for real-time monitoring and blocking. A tool like GFI WebMonitor provides instantaneous Internet access control in an easy-to-use and highly affordable manner."

"We've heard from our customers that they value the variety of security solutions our ISA Server partners build and provide," said Steve Brown, director of product management, Security Business and Technology Unit at Microsoft Corp. "Industry partners like GFI provide innovative solutions that help customers improve network security efficiently and effectively."

Proactive Content Filtering, Including Prevention of Access to Objectionable Sites

GFI WebMonitor 3 includes a new real-time online adult content filter, Yahoo! SafeSearch -- Strict Mode -- which checks sites for the presence of objectionable material such as pornographic images, offensive words, and links to adult-oriented sites. If a site is found to be offensive, ISA Server blocks access to it. Through the joint capabilities of Yahoo! SafeSearch and GFI WebMonitor, one's site filter list is automatically updated whenever a user tries to access an adult site -- even if this site is not yet in the existing filter list. The user's access to this new site is blocked all the same. As this list management is done automatically, administrator time is thereby freed up. More information on Yahoo! SafeSearch can be found at http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/ysearch/basics/basics-16.html.

GFI WebMonitor is bundled with BitDefender anti-virus software. However, it is also available in multiple virus engine formats via its support for the optional Kaspersky anti-virus engine. All HTTP (Web) and FTP (file transfer through HTTP proxy) traffic entering and exiting ISA Server are scanned for viruses and infected files are blocked. The Kaspersky engine also catches other forms of malware such as Trojans, adware and spyware. Anti-virus updates are carried out automatically as definition files become available.

The program enables administrators to easily block a Web site via the ISA Server blocking rules' URL sets. When a user browses a Web site that an administrator wishes to block, this can be done by adding this site through GFI WebMonitor to an ISA Server 2004 URL set used by the access blocking rule. All the rule properties of a standard ISA Server 2004 rule can be applied (including the ability to exclude certain users, time restrictions etc).

GFI WebMonitor 3 analyzes file-type signatures to define the "real" file types of the objects being downloaded, giving the administrator the possibility to block undesired real file types and to recognize other types as dangerous -- even for traffic disguised as harmless content (by definition in the HTTP header).

GFI WebMonitor includes a number of other features, including:

  • Provides a clear and concise view of Internet activity

  • Web-based interface enables viewing from anywhere in the network

  • Offers statistics on the number of bytes that are transferred (both received and uploaded) per user or per site

  • Live daily report per user, per IP, and per Web site

  • Live statistics of real file types downloaded per Web site

  • Ability to cancel present connections which hog bandwidth.

More information about GFI WebMonitor and a trial version are available at: http://www.gfi.com/webmon/.

Pricing and Availability

GFI WebMonitor costs a fraction of the price of other Internet access control, monitoring, and anti-virus products: For networks of up to 25 users, the cost is $395, while for networks of up to 100 users the cost is $695. Because the product runs on ISA Server, no dedicated machine or network reconfiguration is required. It is available direct from GFI or via a global network of authorized resellers.

About GFI

GFI is a leading provider of network security, content security, and messaging software. Visit http://www.gfi.com for more information.

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