Content Filtering Service

(Michael Rodriguez) #1

Hello all,

I hope you are doing well. My name is Michael Rodriguez and I recently took over the IT Director role for my home church. My question is does anyone have a more economical recommendation for content filtering over Sonicwall’s premium content filtering for an NSA 2600? Is anyone doing anything with any of the other offerings out there? Thanks in advance.

Michael Rodriguez

(Joel Charters) #2

I’ve been using Untangle for years. It can be run virtually, or on existing hardware, or purchased as an appliance. I have always been pretty happy with the results. Also, I have started to use Webroot’s DNS Protection product as an additional layer, at clients where I am running Webroot as AV.

(Nick B Nicholaou) #3

You can save a bundle on your SonicWALL renewal by contacting our Dell rep and telling him we (MBS) referred you. We make nothing on it, but he will get you a good discount.

His contact deets are: Drew Michelotti @ Dell (512.513.2637,

(Patrick Cho) #4

I would recommend ChurchDNS for your guest network. It is easy and force the Google Safe and YouTube Restriction on contents. It is bit troubled with staff network but it is perfect for guest network. I am using SonicWall and ChurchDNS on my network.

(Norman Ho) #5

My church used OpenDNS before till it became a paid service. You might want to explore running a DIY Squid Proxy Server with web filtering.

(Isaac Johnson) #6

Optimally you want one that can be enforced on laptops that are mobile via an agent so one of the DNS filters is a good thing to have (by itself or with a UTM filtering at the main site… layer upon layer afterall). Comodo has a free one that’s a lot like Cisco Umbrella that works okay, but it’s Comodo and with Comodo it’s always a good idea to have a plan B. There is of course Cisco Umbrella which is the gold standard, but it has a minimum of 100 devices. Then there is also Webroot which has a newer DNS product and trying to fight it out with Umbrella but as far as I know they don’t have minimums. Finally, there is nxfilter which is a host-yourself DNS server that includes agents for laptops and whatnot for when they leave your site. Nxfilter will work up in the cloud as well if you want it off-site.

(Greg Brenneman) #7

Important to remember with the Sonic-wall is the content filtering is part of a security subscription that provides intrusion prevention and application blocking at the firewall level.
We use the Premium Content Filtering at our church and at our Christian school.
App blocking allows, among other things, blocking of proxy servers (commonly used to bypass filters). HOWEVER, you will need to white-list personal filtering products like Covenant Eyes since such products use a proxy.

  • Greg