Is it better to monitor and filter school computers at a centralized Internet portal or at the computers themselves with client software? Some would argue that a centralized solution is easier to install and maintain than software that needs to be installed on every computer, but it is not enough.
Portal filters are effective at URL-based blocking as well as monitoring where Internet traffic is going and who is using it. Content analysis however, such as keyword filtering and keystroke logging, is limited to unsecured web sites. Portal monitoring cannot tell which applications are running on clients or track non-Internet related activities. Portal monitors are useless if computers are able to connect to an outside network such as a neighboring wi-fi signal, a virtual tunnel connection through the portal or to an off-campus Internet connection when computers, especially laptops, are taken home, on travel or stolen.
Client filtering and monitoring can control and record many things that portal software cannot. For example, video games, pornographic images, pirated media and hacker software can be brought into the school on USB sticks or CDs and would never be detected, let alone filtered, by portal software. Client-based CompuGuardian takes screenshots, logs keystrokes and monitors application usage. It blocks unauthorized application usage even when it does not connect to the Internet. Reports can be run to identify problem students based on activity logs or to reduce wasted software license costs by identifying who uses which software how much. Computers can be tracked even when they connect to an outside network.
CompuGuardian gives you the best of both worlds. Centralized web-based administration with the power of client-based monitoring and filtering. It is the only monitoring and filtering solution with patent-pending Teenagerproof technology that prevents it from being disabled or bypassed.