Finding the best web filter to protect your network from malware is not easy. There are many different Internet filtering solutions on the market claiming to be the best web filter. However, Internet filtering solutions are not all the same, and one may be more suitable for your circumstances than another.
At SpamTitan, we have been developing online security products since 1999. We like to think that our Internet filtering solution – WebTitan – is the best web filter. But, rather than shout it from the rooftops, we give network managers the opportunity to try WebTitan for free and decide for themselves.
Details of how you can take advantage of this opportunity are at the foot of this article. First, we would like to explain some of the features and benefits of our Internet filtering solution that leave us to believe WebTitan is the best web filter to protect networks against malware, ransomware and phishing attacks.
The Best Web Filters have the Best Security Mechanisms
WebTitan´s security mechanisms are among the best in the industry. Blacklists updated in real time prevent network users visiting websites known to harbor malware, while URIBL filters – also updated in real time – prevent network users visiting websites whose owners have hidden their identity behind a domain privacy feature.
In addition to these mechanisms, SURBL filters check the IP addresses of requested websites to ensure they do not correspond with an IP address associated with spam email. Most spam emails are phishing for information or log in credentials that can be used to launch a ransomware attack. SURBL filters mitigate the risk of a phishing attempt being successful.
Finally, HTTPS filters decrypt the content of encrypted websites to allow anti-virus software to scan the websites. Malware hidden within encrypted websites bypasses web filters without this feature. As more than half the world´s most visited web pages are now encrypted, this process – often referred to as SSL inspection – is vital to protect networks from malware.
Delivering Network Security without Affecting Business Operations
One key feature that determines whether or not an Internet filtering solution is the best web filter for protecting networks is if it can deliver network security without affecting business operations. Some Internet filtering solutions, in their efforts to maximize network protection, block access to business-critical website and applications.
WebTitan overcomes this issue by including a whitelisting feature that not only allows network managers to whitelist a specific web page or web domain, but also its associated components. Whitelisting can be used to overcome latency issues caused by the filtering process during periods of peak Internet traffic, although a more appropriate solution is bandwidth control.
Bandwidth control is just one of the additional features of WebTitan network managers can use to maximize network protection without affecting business operations. Other additional features include:
- A granular policy engine that can apply user policies by individual by group or network-wide.
- Fifty-three website category options plus ten customizable categories.
- Integration with Active Directory for accelerated policy application.
- Keyword filters, time controls and file type blocking.
- Application and port blocking.
- Comprehensive reporting suite.
- Policy violation alert system.
Our Invitation to Try WebTitan for Free
Do these features (and many more) make WebTitan the best web filter for your network? Why not take a free trial and see. If you are a network manager, you are invited to contact us and discuss your requirements with us in order to determine which the best web filter in the WebTitan range is to protect your network without affecting business operations. The WebTitan range consists of:
WebTitan Cloud is the best web filter for network managers looking for an Internet filtering solution with a low maintenance overhead. A “set and forget” solution, all that is required to start using WebTitan Cloud is a simple redirection of the DNS server settings.
WebTitan Cloud for WiFi
WebTitan Cloud for WiFi is the ideal solution for businesses operating a BYOD policy or providing a WiFi service to customers, guests and visitors. Delivering a filtered internet service with imperceptible latency, WebTitan Cloud for WiFi protects wireless networks and the devices that connect to them.
To find out more, contact us today. Our team of Sales Technicians will be happy to answer any questions you have about network protection prior to starting your free trial, and will be on hand at all times throughout your trial to help you determine the optimum network protection settings for your particular circumstances.
Malware Filters: FAQ
What are the dangers of malware?
There are myriad dangers associated with malware. Malware can be used to hold data ransom, requiring its owner to pay large sums of money for its return. Data breaches compromise the integrity and reputation of the company and could even lead to breaches of Federal regulations (such as HIPAA). By slowing internet connections, or clogging email inboxes, it also threatens productivity.
What are blacklists?
Blacklists are databases of websites that are known to pose a danger to the user. They may harbor ransomware, malware, or other viruses that can pose a security threat to the user and their organization. Some categories of websites are automatically on blacklists – such as any that host pornography or websites with proxy addresses.
What are URIBL and SURBL filters?
URIBL stands for Uniform Resource Identifier Black Listing. This is a list of domain names in Uniform Resource Identifiers that are associated with spam websites. Similarly, SURIBL, which formally stood for Spam URIBL, is a list of website domains that typically appear in phishing emails. These can be used as part of an email filter to identify spam (as these web domains are unlikely to appear in legitimate emails).
Do malware filters hinder businesses?
Some may be concerned that malware filters are “too sensitive” and hinder the proper running of a business. However, companies can set up “whitelists” that circumvent this problem. Whitelists are functionally opposite to blacklists; giving users access to websites that might otherwise be blocked.