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Overview

Internet Monitoring, Web Security and Internet Access Control Software

esmResearch by IDC shows that up to 40% of employee Internet access is non-work related. While shutting off Internet access is impractical, Internet monitoring and access control software enables network administrators to reduce unproductive Internet use: GFI WebMonitorTM helps you boost employee productivity by giving you the ability to monitor and control Internet access in real time, ensuring that employee web browsing activity is aligned with business needs, and that any files downloaded are free of viruses and other malware.

Granular Internet monitoring

GFI WebMonitor's Internet monitoring capabilities provide visibility into what sites your users are browsing, how much time they are spending and how much bandwidth they're consuming. It also provides interactive drill-down capabilities, showing you the site categories being visited by particular users, how much time and bandwidth is being consumed, and more. This is often the first step towards formulating an effective Internet Usage Policy that meets your specific business needs.

Web filtering with time, bandwidth and category based policies

GFI WebMonitor lets you define web filtering and web browsing policies to help enforce an effective Internet Usage Policy. Administrators can allow or restrict access to different website categories as well as setting time or bandwidth thresholds, on a per user or per IP basis. GFI WebMonitor's extensive site categorization database, with coverage of over 205,000,000 domains that are updated daily, enables you to manage what sites your users can browse while blocking access to websites in particular categories, such as adult materials, gaming, personal email, P2P, social networks like Facebook and MySpace, and more.

Web security to protect against viruses, spyware, phishing scams and other malware

GFI WebMonitor also offers web security features that allow you to define policies which control what type of files your users can download blocking dangerous file types such as executables and others like MP3s, on a per user or per IP basis. GFI WebMonitor uses multiple antivirus engines to scan all downloads for viruses, spyware and malware, and lowers the risk of social engineering by blocking access to phishing websites. It also allows you to monitor and block MSN/Live Messenger chat sessions and file transfers while its HTTPS scanning ensures that users do not bypass your web security measures by downloading files through an HTTPS-encrypted channel.

Why use GFI WebMonitor?

  • Increase productivity and reduce cyberslacking time wasted by employees online through granular monitoring and management of employee web browsing habits
  • Formulate and enforce an effective Internet Usage Policy
  • Maximize available bandwidth by controlling what type of sites can be visited, setting time and bandwidth thresholds, and through proxy caching
  • Protect the network from dangerous downloads in real time by managing what type of files users can download and benefitting from multiple antivirus engines to scan for viruses and other malware
  • Block socially-engineered phishing scam websites and prevent data leakage through such sites
  • Scan HTTPS-encrypted traffic for additional security.
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Features

Features

VM supportGFI WebMonitorTM is available in three editions:

  • WebFilter Edition: Includes time- and bandwidth-based browsing control, as well as website categorization and URL filtering
  • WebSecurity Edition: Includes download control, virus scanning through multiple anti-virus engines, anti-phishing and MSN/Live Messenger control
  • UnifiedProtection Edition: Combines both WebFilter and WebSecurity editions

The features below are available in all editions. Features available exclusively in a particular edition are listed further down on this page.

Controlled Access to the Configuration and Monitoring Interface
GFI WebMonitor allows you to select which users can access the program's configuration and monitoring interfaces. You can assign rights based on either the IP of the computer from which access is being made or the domain-authenticated username of the client trying to load the configuration. Only users in GFI WebMonitor's authorized users or IP list will be given access.

Monitor or Block a Connection in Real Time
Administrators can see what websites users are currently browsing and what files are being downloaded. An active connection, browsing session or download can easily be blocked, simply by clicking the block connection icon. This proves very useful if you need to interrupt the download of an overlarge file.

Top Policy Breakers
GFI WebMonitor reports details on all users who were stopped by GFI WebMonitor from breaching your company's Internet Usage Policy. Such breaches may include browsing restricted sites, downloading of malware infected files or file types that are blocked through download control policies.

Monitor Hidden Downloads
GFI WebMonitor can be configured to display a download progress window while a file is being downloaded and scanned. The file can then be obtained by clicking the ‘Save' button in the download progress window. Some pieces of malware rely on the ability to download further files from the web to complete their infection of a computer. Not being aware of the GFI WebMonitor download progress window and not being able to get past it, such pieces of malware are blocked in their tracks. Download progress windows for which the file is not retrieved can be monitored so as to identify infections with such malicious applications performing "hidden downloads" – which can include Trojans, spyware and others.

Allow Exceptions Through Whitelist and Blacklist
Any URL or user or IP can be added permanently or temporarily to the whitelist or blacklist which will supersede all web filtering and web security policies. For example, you could temporarily grant access to a particular user for his or her personal webmail account for a specified period of time, say over employee lunch breaks.

Proxy Caching
GFI WebMonitor implements caching, such that files and other objects/resources are delivered to the end-user from a cache on the GFI WebMonitor machine when possible, thus improving performance and reducing bandwidth consumption.

HTTPS Scanning
GFI WebMonitor can decrypt SSL-encrypted web traffic, scan its contents for malware, and re-encrypt it. This extends the granularity of filtering and control offered by GFI WebMonitor through download control and virus scanning policies to such encrypted traffic.

Support for Virtual Environments
Organizations that are currently using or plan to use virtualization on their network can still install and use a range of GFI products with confidence. GFI WebMonitor supports and runs on the most common virtualization technologies in use, namely VMware, Microsoft Virtual Server and Microsoft Hyper-V.

Features of GFI WebMonitor - WebFilter Edition

Time-based Browsing Policies
With GFI WebMonitor, an administrator can define policies based on browsing time. For example, the administrator can allow User X to browse news category sites for only one hour per day. When users exceed their time allowance threshold, a notification page is displayed informing them that their allowed browsing time has been used up. Such policies can be defined for specific websites or entire categories of websites.

Bandwidth-based Browsing Policies
The administrator can also define policies based on bandwidth thresholds. For example, the administrator can allow User X to download a maximum of 100 MB per week. When users exceed their bandwidth threshold, a notification page is displayed informing them that their bandwidth quota for the defined period has been reached. These policies, too, can be defined for specific websites or entire categories of websites.

WebGradeTM Database Coverage of over 205m URLs
GFI WebMonitor allows you to define web browsing policies restricting access to particular categories of websites to time or bandwidth thresholds of your choice, on a per user or per IP basis.

The WebGrade database offers coverage of over 205 million domains and extensive URL coverage across multiple languages. Due to the constantly changing nature of the web, GFI WebMonitor also queries GFI servers for categorization of URLs that are not found in the local cached database. If a URL is found to be uncategorized, it is processed by the server and added to the database.

WebFilter Policy Exceptions
Apart from a generic blacklist/whitelist, the administrator can also define site exceptions for each particular policy. A typical example will be to block all news sites except www.cnn.com.

Mitigate Legal Liability
Without the ability to exercise some form of management over what your users are browsing, you leave yourself open to legal liability in a variety of ways. Provide your employees with safe, well managed access to the Internet while on your premises and you will safeguard your company, your employees and your bottom line.

Features of GFI WebMonitor - WebSecurity Edition

User/Group/IP-based Download Control Policies - Manage which File Types Users Can Download
You can create multiple user/group/IP-based download control policies to reflect the organization's security policies, blocking the download of particular file types (such as Javascript, MP3, MPEG, exe, and more) for particular users, groups or IP addresses. Dangerous files (for example, Trojan downloader programs) often attempt to penetrate a system masked as an innocuous file. GFI WebMonitor analyzes and detects the real file types HTTP/FTP file downloads.

Scan Downloaded Files with Multiple Antivirus Engines
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GFI WebMonitor uses multiple virus scanners to protect you against inadvertently downloading malicious files. Using multiple scanners reduces the average time taken to obtain the latest virus signatures, greatly reducing the risk to your site by each new virus. Also, since each engine has its own heuristics and methods, each brings its own unique strength in detecting and correcting for the ever-increasing variety of viruses. Overall, more antivirus engines mean more virus protection. GFI WebMonitor is bundled with the Norman and BitDefender antivirus engines. It automatically checks and updates the Norman and BitDefender definition files as they become available. The GFI WebMonitor price includes updates for one year.

To achieve greater security and enhance the benefits gained by scanning via multiple antivirus engines, users can add the Kaspersky SuperSecure antivirus engine, available as an optional add-on. The Kaspersky SuperSecure database includes support for the detection of malicious software that can perform remote administration, key logging, password detection, automatic dial-up to paid sites, and more. GFI WebMonitor automatically checks and updates the Kaspersky definition files as they become available.

Protect Against Socially Engineered Phishing Websites
Phishing is a social engineering technique that is used by malicious hackers to acquire personal information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details. These sites are designed to lead users to believe that they are passing on their details to a genuine company. Online shopping and credit card companies are among the most targeted phishing websites. GFI WebMonitor protects users from the potential risks of social engineering by blocking access to phishing websites. This is done through the use of an auto-updatable database of phishing URLs.

MSN control
Monitor and block MSN and MS Live Messenger incoming and outgoing messages through GFI WebMonitor's IM Control Policies.

GFI WebMonitor for ISA/TMG
GFI WebMonitor is also available as a dedicated plug-in for Microsoft's Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server and Threat Management Gateway Server (TMG). GFI WebMonitor seamlessly integrates with ISA/TMG, complementing the powerful firewalling features while giving IT Administrators the ability to get a much clearer picture of what type of traffic is being filtered, what type of Internet requests are being sent to the server and the ability to apply policies and rules based on IP, user or groups.

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Videos

Product Tour / Webcast

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Learn about GFI WebMonitor - Web Security, Monitoring and Access Control.

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In this video, we share 3 tips on how to lookup the URL category that a particular site belongs to,setting up the new Web Filtering Policy and testing and monitoring the effectiveness of the policy.

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Awards & Reviews

2011

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GFI WebMonitor named Software of the Month

GFI WebMonitor received 5/5 stars and was named Software of the Month by All Internet Security -all-internet-security.com, February, 2011

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GFI WebMonitor earns 5 stars

SC Magazine tries out GFI WebMonitor awarding it an overall 5-star score and considers it to be a "Nice feature set with many configurable options. Definitely worth looking at if you can afford the overall cost of supporting hardware." - SC Magazine, March 2010

2010

IsaServer.org Readers Choice Winner

GFI WebMonitor awarded best solution in the Content Security solution

GFI WebMonitor for ISA Server was selected as the best solution in the Content Security category on ISAserver.org - ISAserver.org, December 2010

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Increase productivity with GFI WebMonitor

"A simple installation, great analytic and many other useful features like, custom policy control based on type of users, top policy breakers GFI Webmonitor is great tool for your increasing productivity of your employees." - Tutkiun, September 2010

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Business Security Information reviews GFI WebMonitor

Business Security Information reviews GFI WebMonitor and concludes that it's "geared to larger small businesses or medium-sized businesses" and although there is a learning curve involved, is ideal "if you really want to protect your business." - Business Security Information, September 2010

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Control and Monitor Your Network's Activity With GFI Webmonitor 2009

"GFI Webmonitor is an utility with endless possibilities. The tool is easy to install and use. Considering the user experience and wide range of functionality that it offers, I definitely recommend this tool to every network administrator." - Ampercent, September 2010

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Full control of the corporate network with GFI WebMonitor (Italian review)

GFI WebMonitor lets you gain control of your corporate network by allowing you to monitor badwidth usage to prevent cyberslacking (Review in 3 parts) - Programmazione.it, September 2010

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GFI WebMonitor review - Boon for Small and Midsize Organizations

"GFI WebMonitor gives you real time control over the internet activities of the users, it also provides a user-friendly interface for analyzing the statistics user wise, IP wise, URL wise or bandwidth wise. The features look quite impressive (especially the 'Top Policy Breakers' report). Interface is uncluttered and user-friendly." - eZaroorat, September 2010

Information Security Short Takes

GFI WebMonitor review - A good step ahead

"GFI WebMonitor is a nice step in the right direction. The product is very easy to install, and the company that starts using it can see its benefits by the end of the first day of use." - Information Security Short Takes, September 2010

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Best Channel Product 2010 Award

GFI WebMonitor was awarded Best Channel Product 2010 from Business Solutions Magazine - Business Solutions Magazine, August 2010

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Retrohack gives 4.5 Domos to GFI WebMonitor

Retrohack awards 4.5 Domos to GFI WebMonitor and "strongly recommends this product"."GFI WebMonitor is an excellent choice for the small to medium business looking to add content, anti-phishing, and anti-malware layers to their network's armour. You get great protection, a small footprint, and it takes very little administrative overhead to implement and maintain." - RetroHack, August 2010

ISAserver.org Readers Choice Winner

GFI WebMonitor voted ISAServer.org Readers' Choice Award Winner

GFI WebMonitor for ISA Server was selected the winner in the Access Control category of the ISAserver.org Readers' Choice Awards - ISAserver.org, April 2010

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GFI WebMonitor 2009: clear, simple and intuitive

Leandro Amore describes GFI WebMonitor 2009 as a stable, intuitive and easy to use monitoring software that gives clear results and could provide organizations with further insight about their users' browsing habits - Leandro Amore, Jan 6, 2010

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GFI WebMonitor for ISA Server wins in the Content Security category

ISAserver.org visitors voted GFI WebMonitor for ISA Server as the best in its respective field and selected it as the winner in the Content Security category of the ISAserver.org Readers' Choice Awards. - ISAserver.org, Dec 22, 2009

2009

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GFI WebMonitor 2009 recommended by Business Computing World

Business Computing World.co.uk review GFI WebMonitor 2009 and recommend it saying that "WebMonitor 2009 did everything we expected of it, blocking access to inappropriate Web sites and protecting users against malicious downloads." - BusinessComputingWorld.co.uk, December 23rd, 2009

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GFI WebMonitor 2009 Review - Awarded 5 Gold Stars

A review of the capabilities and features of GFI WebMonitor 2009, an integrated Web security, monitoring and Internet access control product from GFI Software - ISAServer.org, December 2009

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GFI WebMonitor 2009 completes the security picture

Dragos Lungu Dot Com reviews GFI WebMonitor 2009 and finds that it "proves to be a very effective security control which protects the largest threat vector in use today : web browsing." - Dragos LunguDot Com, November 2009

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GFI WebMonitor for ISA Server voted ISAserver.org Reader's Choice Award Winner

GFI WebMonitor for ISA Server was selected the winner in the ISA Monitoring and Administration category of the ISAserver.org Readers' Choice Awards - ISAserver.org, October 2009

Business Solutions Award

Best Channel Product 2009 Award

Five Best Channel Products Awards organized by Business Solutions Magazine have been given to GFI's products. GFI rated exceptionally well in the Network Security category and very high in terms of ease of upgrade and VARs' ability to service the product. The winning products are: GFI MailArchiver, GFI MailEssentials, GFI EndPointSecurity, GFI WebMonitor and GFI MAX RemoteManagement, the latest offering from GFI specifically for VARs, MSPs and IT support companies.

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GFI WebMonitor 2009: effective and immediate results

Italian website ISAserver.it endorses GFI WebMonitor 2009 as being a "rich and complete" solution with a thorough review of the product's installation process. ISAserver.it maintain that the software is easy to install and configure, to the point that, documentation, whilst available, is not even needed - ISAserver.it, June 2009

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GFI WebMonitor: comprehensive monitoring tool

GFI WebMonitor installs directly on top of your existing ISA Server installation "adding much greater and simpler control of ingress and egress web traffic". Installation and deployment are simple thanks to the step by step wizard - BlogFoo, 2009

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GFI WebMonitor: one of the best monitoring tools

GFI WebMonitor impresses Augusto Alvarez as "one of the best monitoring tools for bandwidth consumption" that is easy to configure and requires "minimum overhead in network connectivity" - Augusto Alvarez, 2009

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Four-Star-review

GFI WebMonitor for ISA Server receives four stars in a review in SC Magazine. The product is a comprehensive monitoring tool and is extremely useful to add features that are missing from Microsoft ISA Server.
- SC Magazine, 2009

2008

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GFI WebMonitor wins award in the Content Security category

GFI WebMonitorTM has been selected the winner in the Content Security category of the ISAserver.org Readers' Choice Awards, organized by the leading Microsoft ISA Server resource site. The award serves as a mark of excellence, providing the ultimate recognition from peers within the industry. - ISAserver.org, December 2008

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Web monitoring and antivirus solution tops the Access Control category

GFI WebMonitorTM has been selected as the best solution in the ISA Monitoring and Management category on ISAserver.org. - ISAserver.org, October 2008

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Network Product Guide Award for GFI WebMonitor

GFI WebMonitorTM for ISA Server has been named the winner of the 2008 Best Products and Services Award in the web filtering category by Network Products Guide, a Silicon Valley Communications publication on technologies and solutions. - NetworkProductsGuide, August 2008

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Competent ISA add-in

In a comparative review of Web Content Management in SC Magazine, GFI WebMonitorTM WebFilter Edition is given four stars out of five. The reviewer says that the product plugs right into ISA Server very easily and adds some nice filtering capability. He says it is "a competent add-in for MS ISA Server at a very good price". - SC Magazine, April 2008

2007 and before

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"A must have add-on for every ISA 2000/2004 installation"

GFI WebMonitorTM 2 for ISA Server was described by reviewer Thomas Shinder as "a dream come true for ISA firewall administrators" since "it fills an important gap in the ISA Server 2000/2004 firewall feature set". GFI WebMonitor 2 provides "a way to view in real-time what users are accessing on the web". The reviewer also points out that slow Internet performance that arises from users who download large files can be stopped because the product allows for "an easy way to disconnect users who are downloading giant sized files" without having to "go through the ISA 2004 real-time log monitor" and additional steps. - ISAserver.org

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GFI WebMonitor highlighted as exceptional product

Windows & .Net Magazine reader, Peter Vogel of Vancouver, British Columbia applauded GFI WebmonitorTM in the magazine's What's Hot section. The reader uses GFI WebMonitor in a school network environment with servers handling internal Internet traffic for both students and staff, as well as about two dozen sites. Mr. Vogel stated, "The product lets me get a quick snapshot of Internet traffic on those servers. As far as I know, short of going into the ISA Server traffic logs themselves, there's no other way to get such a snapshot in what's essentially real-time." - Windows & .Net Magazine

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5-star rating for GFI WebMonitor for ISA Server

Softforall.com, a site providing high quality shareware and freeware, awarded GFI WebMonitorTM for ISA Server the highest possible rating of five stars. - Softforall.com

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High score for GFI WebMonitor

Sharewareriver.com, a web-site featuring a vast collection of shareware and freeware software on the Internet, awarded GFI WebMonitorTM for ISA Server 4 out of 5 points. - SharewareRiver.com

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GFI WebMonitor for ISA Server awarded

Top software distribution site FileTransit.com, which features high quality software, awarded GFI WebMonitorTM for ISA Server full marks, giving the product a 5-star rating. - FileTransit.com

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Track down bandwidth hogs

"The good folks at GFI have given us yet another great tool and the best news is it's free," writes well-known reviewer Andy Goodman. "Ever wonder who's doing what on the web tying up all that bandwidth? Well here is a way for you to find out, from anywhere on the network... GFI WebMonitorTM for ISA installs in under a minute as a Web filter and self-configures. It does require a restart of the Web Proxy Service, however you will not need to reboot the server." - DownHome Computers

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GFI WebMonitor wins award in Monitoring & Management solution category

GFI WebMonitorTM has been selected the winner in the Monitoring & Management solution category of the ISAserver.org Readers' Choice Awards, organized by the leading Microsoft ISA Server resource site. The award serves as a mark of excellence, providing the ultimate recognition from peers within the industry. - ISAserver.org

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Excellent value solution

In a review of GFI WebMonitorTM, Tarek Majdalani describes the product as "solid, easy to use, well documented and well supported" and gives it 4.5 stars out of 5. He says it provides the perfect balance between best-of-breed security protection and ease of use, as well as being light on system resources. Priced at the low end of the spectrum, Majdalani said it is "excellent value for organizations of just about any size". Concluding, he recommends GFI WebMonitor for "its performance, feature set, cost and ease of use". - Elmajdal.net

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GFI WebMonitor award in antivirus category

GFI WebMonitorTM has been selected the second runner-up in the Antivirus category of the ISAserver.org Readers' Choice Awards, organized by the leading Microsoft ISA Server resource site. The award serves as a mark of excellence, providing the ultimate recognition from peers within the industry. - ISAserver.org

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GFI WebMonitor award in access control category

GFI WebMonitorTM has been selected the winner for the second year running in the Access Control category of the ISAserver.org Readers' Choice Awards, organized by the leading Microsoft ISA Server resource site. The award serves as a mark of excellence, providing the ultimate recognition from peers within the industry. - ISAserver.org

ISA Server Runners up

Web monitoring and antivirus solution tops the Access Control category

GFI WebMonitor for ISA Server was selected by ISAserver.org readers as the first runner up in the Content Security category of the ISAserver.org Readers' Choice Awards. - ISAserver.org

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GFI WebMonitor voted best in Monitoring and Administration

ISAserver.org readers vote GFI WebMonitorTM as the winner in the Monitoring and Administration category of the ISAserver.org Readers' Choice Awards. - ISAserver.org

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GFI WebMonitor wins Access Control Readers' Choice Award

ISAserver.org readers voted GFI WebMonitorTM for ISA Server as the winner in the Access Control category of the ISAserver.org Readers' Choice Awards. The awards draw a huge response per category and are based entirely on the visitors' votes. - ISAserver.org

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Slick and easy to configure

GFI WebMonitorTM for ISA Server received the Silver Award from popular resource site ISAserver.org. In a review about the importance of increasing protection against exploits that take place over the web, reviewer Thomas Schinder described GFI WebMonitor for ISA Server as "one of the slickest and easiest to configure and manage solutions". The review praises the product's "useful web access and monitoring features", which include the ability to "monitor user activity in real-time", "quickly view a URL history", "block access to adult websites/domains" and "check all web and web proxy mediated FTP downloads". - ISAserver.org

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