Dynamic Filter Control

Overview

If you employ web content filtering in your network, you may offer a filter profile that is appropriate to each patron's age or class (e.g. Internet usage policy agreement on file) and is automatically applied to their session. This function can be useful for computer groups whose stations are shared among patrons of different ages/classes, where a static content filter behavior does not meet the needs of each patron. Dynamic Filter Control works with your public computers as well as with patron devices that are used on your network.

How It Works

When you define the group access rules in a computer group, you may specify characteristics that are to be applied to the offered session, one of which is the filter profile(s) that are allowed. You may specify a single profile (e.g. "children-CIPA") or offer the ability for the patron to select from multiple profiles autonomously (e.g. adult choosing between "adult" and "unfiltered" profiles). The specified profile is applied to the session, and at the end of the session the filter is ready to apply the appropriate profile for the next user. Staff may override the filter profile for a session at any time during the session, remotely from any staff station. You may define an unlimited number of filter profiles, and specify the policies for each.

Systems Supported

Most major enterprise, category-based filter systems are supported in transparent mode, as well as proxy-based systems. For simple requirements (e.g. OPACs) there is a built-in system that allows you to specify the list of allowed or blocked sites/domains.

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