Mobile Filtering FAQ
|What is Anywhere Filter?||Anywhere Filter™ is a CIPA-compliant mobile filtering client that was developed by BASCOM originally for a school district that needed a one to one initiative to roll out laptops to its entire sixth grade. Anywhere Filter protects users from accessing inappropriate content while using any available Internet connection. No matter where a user connects to the Internet—whether at school, work, at home, using a personal hotspot or over public WiFi—Anywhere Filter provides mobile device security. Anywhere Filter also provides a first line of defense to protect your mobile devices from accessing Web sites known to spread malicious software including viruses, phishing sites, keyloggers, etc.|
|What devices does Anywhere Filter support?||
Anywhere Filter provides mobile filtering for:
|How is Anywhere Filter deployed?||Anywhere Filter can be purchased as a virtualized filter or a standalone solution with a Frontera filter appliance. It is also offered as a cloud-based mobile filtering solution which does not require the purchase of a filter appliance.|
|Is it difficult to configure Anywhere Filter?||NO. Anywhere Filter is an easy-to-configure mobile filtering solution. Your Administrator creates profiles mapped to your laptops. Each time your laptop is used off network Anywhere Filter automatically kicks in. For iOS devices, the Anywhere Filter browser app needs to be downloaded from the App Store. Then, use Instant Config™ to instantly configure your mobile devices. Just make sure the following settings are OFF: YouTube, Safari, Installing Apps and Deleting Apps.|
|How do I download the free Anywhere Filter browser app on the App Store?||To download the free app, go to the App Store icon.|
|Does the Anywhere Filter browser app for iOS devices include educationally-focused and time-saving/security browser features?||YES. The Anywhere Filter browser app goes beyond simply replacing Safari. It provides educationally-focused features such as:
Also included are additional time-saving browser features:
|Is Anywhere Filter CIPA-compliant?||YES. Anywhere Filter is CIPA-compliant and enforces your Acceptable Use Policy so that regardless of the network a mobile user is on, your Internet filtering settings are implemented. By delivering cross-platform, CIPA-compliant mobile filtering, you can embrace the educational benefits of new wireless technologies.|
|Does Anywhere Filter provide YouTube Filtering?||
YES. Anywhere Filter provides YouTube filtering through PlayRight™ - BASCOM's YouTube Filter developed specifically for K-12 so that YouTube videos can be used productively in education. PlayRight supports YouTube for Schools so that students can be focused to all of the content on youtube.com/education and the content in your school's (or teacher's) channel.
Also, educators can handpick individual videos and channels so that students can view only educational content when they visit YouTube.com. No proprietary system is used, so there are no extra steps involved; PlayRight doesn't require that you copy and manage videos in another program. Also provided is a setting to prevent the viewing of comments and thumbnails of suggested videos.
|Does Anywhere Filter prevent students from circumventing the filter using proxy servers?||YES. To prevent users from circumventing the filter using anonymous proxy servers, Anywhere Filter includes Real-Time Proxy Detection. With this, the Internet can be used productively for learning by keeping students from accessing sites such as Facebook.|
|Does Anywhere Filter enforce SafeSearch?||YES. Anywhere Filter enforces SafeSearch for Google, Yahoo, and Bing search engines. It prevents users from accessing anonymous Web proxy sites and is enforced even if a computer is not set for it or a user tries to change it.|
|Does Anywhere Filter provide reporting of off-network Internet activity?||YES. Anywhere Filter allows Administrators to monitor and analyze Internet activity specifically by mobile device for off-network activity.|
|Can Anywhere Filter integrate with Director Services (Novell, Microsoft Active Directory, Open Directory)?||YES. Anywhere Filter allows you to use your existing Authentication system to facilitate filtering on your laptops and MacBook® devices. For iOS devices, a setting is available to customize filtering to specific groups, such as faculty, elementary and high school students.|
|Can a student (or user) turn Anywhere Filter off?||NO. Anywhere Filter was developed to be stealthy and prevents users from locating security features. To add another layer of security to its mobile device and laptop filter, Anywhere Filter also provides password protection.|
|Does Anywhere Filter slow down Internet access?||NO. Anywhere Filter was specifically developed to be fast and lightweight. Bandwidth is saved since Web traffic isn't proxied through a customer's network.|
|Is there telephone support for Anywhere Filter?||YES. Telephone support is available 8am - 6 pm, Monday - Friday, EST (to 7 pm by scheduling a call beforehand). You will never have to step through an automated phone system to troubleshoot a problem. Instead, you will speak directly to a Tech Support Rep who has an extensive background in networking and enterprise-level filtering.|
Learn More about BASCOM's Mobile Filtering Solution
BASCOM's mobile filtering and Web lesson tools unite technology with instruction. Join the hundreds of schools and libraries around the country that are currently using our technology to facilitate student achievement. If you have a question about our mobile filter that is not covered here, please contact us at 1.888.922.2726 or to schedule your personal Anywhere Filter demo, fill out a contact form.