When choosing an internet filter, think about:
- Who your users are: Are they doing research or just browsing the net?
- Are you managing 10 or fewer computers or a large lab?
- Hardware you are using: Older machines may run slower.
- Hardware or software filtering: Software can slow your computer down.
- Do you plan to expand your lab in the future?
Internet filters are great to keep users from accessing sites you don’t want them to access from your computers. There are many filtering methods out there. I would recommend starting with Microsoft Family Safety. This software is free with Windows 7 thru 10, but you have to download it.
If, however, you’re looking to manage more than 10 computers or you’re trying to save time when it comes to updates, you may want to look at hardware options. One hardware option would be a proxy solution, which would require a server or an appliance. Going with this solution, you need to remember that software you install on the computer will not automatically see through the proxy.