Review: Web Inspector

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Unlike the other products in this Group Test Web Inspector is neither system policy management or email policy management, but in fact an internet compliance tool that uses policy to set its users' boundaries. Suitable as a single installation for the smaller enterprise, this solution easily scales up to a distributed deployment over a large network.

Policy starts with access control, ensuring that users only have the rights assigned by the administrator in line with your corporate policy. Whether you choose to assign the same rights across the network or drill down your policy into user groups, sites, or individual users or workstations, is your choice. Policies can be created to suit your needs and ensure that only the web pages that your company deems necessary are viewed within work hours, allowing for the organization to permit safe surfing on non-business sites at stipulated times.

Unlike the other products in this Group Test Web Inspector is neither system policy management or email policy management, but in fact an internet compliance tool that uses policy to set its users' boundaries. Suitable as a single installation for the smaller enterprise, this solution easily scales up to a distributed deployment over a large network.

Policy starts with access control, ensuring that users only have the rights assigned by the administrator in line with your corporate policy. Whether you choose to assign the same rights across the network or drill down your policy into user groups, sites, or individual users or workstations, is your choice. Policies can be created to suit your needs and ensure that only the web pages that your company deems necessary are viewed within work hours, allowing for the organization to permit safe surfing on non-business sites at stipulated times.

Having decided how you wish to deploy it you can start to install the software. The CD installs easily with a wizard-based procedure. If you don't have an SQL database already installed it will automatically install MSDE on you hard drive as the default database engine. If you are only looking to protect a small business system, one dedicated machine is fine and a full installation can be completed. For larger deployment the Data Collector can be downloaded onto other machines.

Once complete you can start to use the administration console, and you can either work there directly or a remote connection can be used if preferred.

To create policies a set of rules need to be in place, which are placed into numerical order to define their priority. The rules are easy to put in place and they are logical in use; if a user breaks a rule they can be blocked or if the organization wants it reported this can also be achieved. You can map these rules to a group, site, individual workstation or user, and there are many default rules which may be applied.

The Rule Wizard also provides the administrator with an easy way to create new rules. These can also be re-written or deleted as and when the company has a change in its policy.

It is simple to use, a practical way to implement your internet usage policy and can be directly applied to monitor your users.

For:

Easy to install, configure and use with lots of default rules as standard.


Against:

Only manages internet policy.


Verdict:

Allows a company to stop certain activities which may not be in its best interests, and maintains productivity.

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