Websense is an Internet content-control software used as a Web-filtering tool. It was created by a San Diego, California based company of the same name as the software. Websense is designed to limit the access of a user to specific sites on the Web. The term “websensed” was coined to refer to a user being blocked from a specific site.

Websense Technologies

Reporting tools

This software does not only filter websites, Websense also tracks them. It generates comprehensive reports that include the URL, user, category, dates, risk class, application, workstation, etc. Websense makes it very easy for systems administrators to track Internet activity of other users.

Threat Seeker

Websense has a Threat Seeker feature designed to protect the user from anticipated Web-based security threats. The software mainly uses its integrated anti-virus and anti-intrusion prevention systems. Threat Seeker scans about 600 million sites every week to look for security threats on the Internet. It also evaluates firewall and security protection.

Deep Content Control

Websense monitors the whereabouts of data and controls who can visit specific sites to protect confidential information.

Why Many Organizations Use Websense

Websense is one of the most commonly used filtering software packages. Numerous types of organizations use it for various reasons. It is used by businesses, schools, libraries, and other large entities such as the government.

The governments in Yemen and China use it as part of the government enforced censorship program, denying citizens from visiting certain sites.

Many local and state governments use Websense for their offices and libraries where the public can gain access to information on government computers.

Business organizations can block the access to adult material and other sites that may hold back the company’s efficiency and productivity.

Schools can block access to sites with adult content to prevent students from visiting sites such sites.

Households use Websense to block certain sites to protect family members from Internet scam sites and predators. Parents also employ Websense to prevent their children from visiting adult sites.

What Website Categories it Can Block

The software allows system administrators to block access to websites based on categories. These categories have lists of sites that can be blocked at all times or only during specific times of the day. There are more than three dozens of these categories. Websense users can create their own list of sites that can be blocked. Most common categories include:

  • Adult Material;
  • Streaming Video Sites;
  • Gambling Sites;
  • Game Sites;
  • Freeware and Shareware Download Sites;
  • Peer-to-Peer Networks;
  • Dating and Personals;
  • Proxy Sites;
  • Hate Sites; and
  • Sites that Promote Illegal Activity.