How to Protect Your Students From New Websites

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Our Web Filter‘s AI Adaptive Database is the most accurate, comprehensive website database of any other filter, with 72 million URLs organized into 137 education-specific categories. We accomplish these categorizations using a combination of human reviewers, a machine-learning robot army that crawls the web, and our network of thousands of school customers.

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7 Reasons You Need to Upgrade to Web Filter 3

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Lightspeed is proud to make the Web Filter 3 general release available to all customers. This is the biggest Web Filter release to date, with more than 100 improvements and features you need — plus some you didn’t even know you need — to help students explore the Web safely and efficiently.

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Our URL Database

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One of the reasons the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter is such a powerful solution for schools is our dynamic URL database. Lightspeed has a robot army working hard to crawl and categorize sites on the Web, and we complement this with a team of humans that is responsible for maintaining and updating our database. Together, they make the Web safe for thousands of school districts around the world.

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6 Reasons I Love Rocket Web Filter

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Lightspeed Systems has partnered with more than 25,000 schools worldwide, and we love nothing more than hearing about how our school partners are using our solutions successfully.

We recently chatted with customer John Litchenberg, instructional technology specialist for Falcon School District 49, which serves 21,000 students in Peyton, Colorado. Here are John’s six favorite things about using Rocket Web Filter.

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Why Speed and Duplex Matters

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The most common implementation of a Lightspeed Systems Rocket Web Filter is to place the appliance between the firewall and the core switch with the external interface connected to the firewall and the internal interface connected to the core switch. Because the Rocket operates as a Layer 2 transparent bridge you should think about it as a specialized wire connecting your firewall to your switch.

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Update on Google Encrypted Services

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Note: The original post has been modified to reflect the latest information and status from our conversations with Google.

Disclaimer: this is a long post, but filtering and accessing Google services is a top concern for our customers, so I wanted to explain things clearly and in detail.

Google is actively moving all of its services to being delivered over a fully encrypted (https) connection. Many of these services have been encrypted for some time and we have made it a priority to work with Google to help them move these services to encrypted connections in a way that allows schools the effective web filtering they need. While we work with Google to create these solutions, we have added features to the Web Filter to work around the issue. One example of this is the failsafe feature that is an option in our Web Filter policies.

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