iWebFilter Manual

Introduction

iWebFilter is a powerful internet filter software which allows you to restrict or block access to unwanted web content from the computer on which iWebFilter is installed. You can selectively block access to unhealthy content to kids, or you can block access to specific web sites by a predefined black list. iWebFilter supports the following important features:

  1. Filter network traffic going to all kinds of internet software such as web browser, email client, instant messengers.
  2. You can specify the time period when internet access is allowed through a time table.
  3. The amount of internet traffic can be capped by setting traffic limit
  4. Get instant notifications when attempt to access restricted websites is detected.
  5. Detailed logs and reports are provided for internet usage based on different users and different programs.
  6. A large built-in database to block inappropriate content automatically.
  7. Internet access can be restricted for user-specified web addresses, internet ports and programs.

iWebFilter is ideal for parents who want to protect their children from exposure to harmful web content. It is also well designed and fully loaded with powerful and customized features to be installed on the computers inside professional environments such as libraries, corporate offices, etc.

Using the Floating Tip

iWebFilter provides in-software floating help tips to help you better understand the meaning of each options and buttons without digging into the manual. To get the floating tip, hover your mouse on a label, button or option and a yellow tip will be automatically displayed if available for that UI element.

Users and Groups

The users and groups settings allow you to configure internet access capabilities based on user groups. The user IDs used here are the same as the windows login ID. You can group the window users into several groups. By default, three groups have been created, i.e., administrators, guests and users. All the users within the same group will share the same internet access settings as defined on this option page.

You can click the "New Group" button to add a new group into the group list shown on the left of the dialog. Select a group on the group list and then click the "New User" button to add a user into the selected group. You can select a group from the group list or any users within the group list and configure the group-specific settings on the right half of the dialog.

Logs and Charts

The logs and charts dialog shows you information about blocked/visited websites together with the internet access statics from different users and programs. You can export the information in the different tables into CSV files (common-separated text file) to be processed in external programs like Microsoft Excel. The dialog contains four subpages. You can select the filter drop-down list on the right bottom of the dialog to view only selected subset of log entries.

  1. Warnings Log: It shows a log entry each time a user attempts to access a blocked website. It will log the web address blocked together with the reason for blocking.
  2. Online Activity: It logs the incoming connections and outgoing connections made by different programs.
  3. Program Activity: It logs the internet access time duration of different programs.
  4. Charts and Diagrams: It shows the internet access activity made by different programs in line charts or pie charts.

Internet Timetable

You can use the internet timetable to define the hours in each weekday when the users in each group are able to access internet. The timetable shows a color cell for each hour within all the seven weekdays. You can toggle the color of each cell between green (allow) and red (restrict) to allow or restrict internet access for each hour.

Setting Traffic Limits

You can use the traffic limit settings to limit internet access bandwidth. The traffic limit can be set for each weekday.

Settings

The settings dialog allows you to set the following options:

  1. Administrator password.
    You can set administrator password to prevent unauthorized access to the iWebFilter settings. When you set an administrator password, you will be prompted for this password when you attempt to open the control panel. You will be prompted to enter this password when you attempt to disable filtering or uninstall the software. If you have forgotten your password and unable to recover it from the security question, you will have to contact us.
  2. Email notification settings.
    On this page, you can set up options so that iWebFilter will automatically send you an email when someone on your computer attempts to access a restricted website.
  3. Websites
    Here you can configure options to block websites using the built-in database, trusted website list, blocked website site list or web site patterns.
  4. Newsgroups
    Here you can configure options to block newsgroups using the built-in database, trusted newsgroup list, blocked newsgroup list or newsgroup site patterns.
  5. Programs
    You can use the trusted program list and the blocked program list to specify what applications are always allowed to access internet and what are always forbidden.
  6. Ports
    You can allow or block internet access by defining trusted port list and blocked port list.

How to Uninstall iWebFilter

To uninstall iWebFilter, go to Windows control panel and open the "Add/Remove Programs" applet ("Programs and Components" applet on vista). Find iWebFilter from the list of installed applications and uninstall it from over there. If you have set administrator password, you will be prompted for it before the uninstallation will continue. If you have forgotten your password and unable to recover it from the security question, you will have to contact us.

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