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Dynamic website analysis helps to reduce exposure to illegal internet content.

Smoothwall : 24 October, 2007  (New Product)
With the IWF reporting that 5% of internet users unwittingly being exposed to illegal internet content, Smoothwall recommends the use of dynamic website analysis tools.
One in 20 Internet users stumbles across child porn according to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) - reiterating that there is still a long way to go in combating the availability of illegal Internet content. The joint efforts by some Internet giants to promote a hotline to report online child pornography is a step in the right direction says Tom Newton, Product Manager of IWF member SmoothWall, but if we're going to make serious inroads into the problem, everybody needs to continue working together.

"The IWF hotline, which offers a 'notice and take-down' service to police and internet service providers, is a fantastic example of how big players can collaborate to work against pornography. But businesses and families still have to understand that they need to make a concerted effort to protect their PC's - it won't happen by itself."

"Parents and employees would certainly do well to purchase security products from organisations that are associate members of the IWF, and they would benefit from the IWF's CAIC (Child Abuse Images and Content) database. The database includes a dynamic list that is updated twice a day with all the child sexual abuse sites known to the IWF's hotline. But the most effective way of protecting against questionable content is still with dynamic analysis - whereby the security filter actively analyses the web page for objectionable content (text, HTML code and malware/virus detection) rather than relying on URL filters that can be easily fooled."

"In an ideal world the problem of porn on the internet would simply disappear, but parents and employees can not wait for this to happen - the risk is too great. With the technology and support available there is really no excuse for not taking advantage of them. The problem won't go away - and there is no better time to start protecting our children than now."
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