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CrossNodes: Filter The Web With squidGuard

Jun 27, 2002, 01:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Even more difficult are Web filters that try to screen for 'bad attitudes': hate, intolerance, racism- lotsa luck. No regular expression can differentiate between a news report of a hate crime, and a site that promotes such.

"Commercial Web filtering software is expensive and secretive. With the exception of Net Nanny, blocked URLs and keywords are hidden underneath a layer of encryption- the user is not allowed to review them. You may never know what you're missing. Server-level licensing is generally per-seat, and requires a separate proxy server, adding to the cost. squidGuard is free, completely open right down to the source code, and runs on the free proxy server Squid, on Linux or *BSD, also free.

"squidGuard has no hidden agenda. The default blacklists, printed in plain text, contain a disclaimer printed right at the top...."

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