Posted by : Deepak Vasudevan Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Powerful and Flexible Open Source Proxy Solution

Be it a small organization or a gigantic large enterprise, it is the responsibility of the management and the helpdesk to ensure that their network is secure and employee productivity is upheld the highest level without being carried over by mundane distractions of the Internet. There has been a number of Web Filtering and caching solutions like Barracuda Web Filter, WebSense etc. but for a typical small organization, these are prohibitively costly. I just thought I would review a still powerful but opensource proxy solution called Squid which helps address all of these needs.

  1. Powerful web caching model
  2. Enhanced Server Acceleration
  3. Powerful Access Controls
    1. Granular Bandwidth Download Control
    2. Access Restrictions to various websites
  4. Free Opensource under GNU GPL
  5. Availability: Windows and Unix

You can grab a copy of Squid and learn more about it from here.

One Response so far.

  1. J Briggs says:

    Try the iBoss Pro80 for smaller networks. this is the best internet web filter solution for small business we found. its a low cost, and very easy to use. Its about $150 for the hardware. What we liked is that it offers proxy filtering, torrents, chat, blocks direct IP, controls and blocks applications like chat and gaming. We had a chat problem and squid has no control over the new aol chat that is encrypted. Also, squid could not detect direct IP access to websites and proxies which we found to be an issue.

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