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Results of anonymous proxy security survey

01 May, 2008
Web filtering specialists, Bloxx reveal the results of their survey concerning the impact of anonymous proxy servers on managing web-site access within the organisation.
Over half of the survey respondents believe that anonymous proxies represent a fairly serious impact or a major problem. This result alone is an indicator that the technology of anonymising is becoming more mainstream and with the increase in their use by ordinary browsers, the impact becomes more serious. The growth in the problem is also evident with almost 60% spending more time trying to stay ahead of this problem than they did 12 months ago.

The time spent in dealing with this problem represents an impact on productivity not only in dealing with new sites as they appear but also in detecting their use with just under a tenth of respondents taking over a week to detect that the proxy is being used.

With educational establishments bearing the brunt of anonymous proxy use, school IT administrators gain significant benefit from using Bloxx Tru-View technology to block such sites as they appear rather then trying to detect their presence once they're being used. One respondent commented that its almost impossible to manage pupils in this respect as they are always one step ahead.

With a significant impact on the learning process and the emergence of new sites at a rate that is much faster than that which the administrator can block them, there's a growing need for live policy filtering not only in schools but also in other organisations where a policy exists for internet usage.

The full results of the anonymous proxy survey are available on the Bloxx website.
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