Your Proxy Deployment Options, Explained

At Lightspeed Systems, we know how important it is to have options. Every one-to-one deployment is unique, and the methods by which your school should filter and report on devices depend on a myriad of factors.

After nearly two decades of working with 6,500 school districts, we have seen the internet go through a tremendous evolution. More than half of all websites are SSL sites, and given the extreme popularity of YouTube and Google, filtering and accurately reporting on this web activity is crucial.

That’s why we built the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter with four proxy deployment options: to meet your needs for accurate filtering and reporting, even on encrypted sites.

1. Forward proxy: For devices set up to proxy, this option proxies every request and full URL details are logged in reports (including Google search terms and YouTube video URLs). This type of proxy will work for devices both on and off your network.

2. Selective proxy: This proxy works for devices that are set up to proxy and also have a PAC file. A PAC file is a set of instructions that determines whether browser requests go directly to their desired destination or are forwarded to the web proxy server. For the selected domains in the PAC file, full URL details are given in reports, also including Google search terms and YouTube URLs.

3. Transparent proxy: In this proxy deployment, every request is proxied and full URL details are provided in reports, including Google and YouTube URLs. Transparent proxy works for only for devices that are on the network.

4. Relay for Chrome (no proxy needed): In a Chromebook device deployment, you can use our cloud-based filtering and monitoring solution, Relay for Chrome. In Relay, you can see full URL details, including Google and YouTube URLs. They are also noted in reports without the need to proxy these requests.

How do you decide which proxy option is best for you? There are many considerations that go into this selection. Review and download our helpful guide for proxy deployment options, Proxy Options, Explained, to weigh which option may work best for your network setup:

We value your time, and aim to empower you with the tools and information you need to efficiently set up your filtering solution. That’s why we’ve overhauled, added to and improved our documentation about SSL, proxy and PAC files. Bookmark these resources, all of which can be found in the Lightspeed Systems Community site:

SSL, Explained
Real-World Scenarios for SSL

Proxy Server Basics
Rocket as a Proxy Server

PAC Files:
PAC Files, Explained
Adding PAC Files to Your Web Filter

Want to learn more about Web Filter 3: Longhorn’s capabilities? Go here for more information and join us this summer for weekly webinars on filtering best practices to get ready for the new school year!

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