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Anywhere Filter Cloud Based School Web Filter FAQ

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What is Anywhere Filter Cloud?
Anywhere Filter Cloud is a cloud based school content filtering solution that protects students from accessing inappropriate content from your mobile devices. It’s easy to use, install, and maintain. With convenient anytime access, you can manage your mobile filtering devices from any tablet, computer, Chromebook™ notebook or iPad® device. Since it’s a school web filter cloud service, there’s no need to buy and maintain an onsite server appliance. Anywhere Filter Cloud can easily be added to filter your mobile devices without disturbing your existing filter. With built-in reports and access to knowledgeable Technical Support Representatives, it provides the filtering you need to support one to one initiatives.
How is Anywhere Filter™ deployed?
Anywhere Filter can be purchased as a virtualized filter or a filter appliance. It is also offered as a cloud based school web filter that's simple to manage and maintain, scalable to your needs, and very fast.
What devices does Anywhere Filter Cloud support?
Anywhere Filter provides mobile filtering for:
  • Windows®— 8/7/Vista/XP
  • OS X®— 10.6 or later
  • Chromebook Notebooks
  • iPad, iPhone®, and iPod touch® devices using Anywhere Filter browser app
Is it difficult to configure Anywhere Filter Cloud?
NO.
Anywhere Filter Cloud is an easy-to-configure cloud based school web filter. Each time your mobile device is used off-network Anywhere Filter Cloud automatically kicks in. For iOS devices, the Anywhere Filter browser app needs to be downloaded from the App Store. Then, Instant Config can be used to instantly configure your mobile devices. BASCOM customers using Chromebook notebooks can download the Anywhere Filter Chrome browser extension from the Chrome Web Store. It is deployed with zero-touch technology to ensure that each device has the appropriate filtering policies.
Can I assign different default profiles for on- and off-network filtering?
YES.
Relaxed take-home 1:1 policies can be used to provide students with more liberal access while at home. For example, when off-network, students can be allowed to access email, social media, and games, but still prevented from viewing inappropriate content.
How do I download the free Anywhere Filter browser app on the App Store?
Simply go to the App Store icon and search for BASCOM. Then, select Anywhere Filter and install it.
Does Anywhere Filter provide easy access to the appropriate Google Apps for Education (GAfE)?
YES. With a single sign-on, Anywhere Filter Cloud automatically applies the appropriate Internet access policies for the user and access to GAfE.
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 the Safari® browser. It provides educationally-focused features such as:
  • Shared Bookmarks—Administrators can easily create and share a list of bookmarks with all of their devices.
  • QR Reader—Teachers can now post a QR code. Then immediately upon entering the classroom, students can use their iOS devices to read the QR code so that they are instantly directed to the Internet page needed for that day's lesson.

 

Also included are additional time-saving browser features:

  • Quickly saves an image in the Photos App or copies it to the clipboard.
  • Immediately prints a page, instantly opens a link in a new page or copies it to the clipboard.
  • Instantly opens documents, such as PDF's, in 3rd party apps.
  • Ability to clear cookies.
  • Displays and allows access to recently visited pages by holding down the forward and backward arrows.
Is there telephone support for Anywhere Filter Cloud?
YES. Telephone support is available 8am - 6 pm, Monday-Friday, ET (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 Technical Support Representative who has an extensive background in networking and enterprise-level filtering.
Does it provide YouTube Filtering? (YouTube does not currently support the use of YouTube for Schools on iOS devices.)
YES. Anywhere Filter Cloud supports YouTube for Schools. In addition to the YouTube EDU videos (found on youtube.com/education), teachers and administrators can add their own playlists of videos. Students are focused on the YouTube EDU videos plus any videos added by your school.  All comments and suggested videos are removed and searching is limited to the YouTube EDU videos.
Does it prevent students from circumventing the filter using proxy servers?
YES. Anywhere Filter Cloud includes Real-Time Proxy Detection to prevent users from circumventing the filter using anonymous proxy servers. It delivers a web filtering cloud service that keeps students from accessing sites such as Facebook so that the Internet can be used productively for learning.
Is Anywhere Filter Cloud CIPA-compliant?
YES. Anywhere Filter Cloud enforces your Acceptable Use Policy so that regardless of the network a mobile user is on, your Internet filtering settings are implemented. Anywhere Filter delivers the cross-platform, CIPA compliant school web filter you need to embrace the educational benefits of new wireless technologies.
Does Anywhere Filter Cloud enforce SafeSearch?
YES. Anywhere Filter Cloud enforces SafeSearch for Google®, Yahoo, and Bing® search engines. It prevents users from accessing anonymous proxy sites and is enforced even if a computer isn't set for it or a user tries to change it.
Can Anywhere Filter Cloud integrate with Directory Services (Novell, Microsoft Active Directory®, Open Directory)?
YES. Anywhere Filter Cloud allows you to use your existing Authentication system to facilitate filtering. For iOS devices, a setting is available to customize filtering to specific groups, such as faculty, elementary and high school students. For Chromebook notebooks, Anywhere Filter Cloud works with the Google Management Console to access the user/group information.
Can a student (or user) turn Anywhere Filter Cloud off?
NO. Anywhere Filter Cloud is designed to prevent users from locating its security features. It also provides password protection to add another layer of security to its web filtering cloud service.
Does Anywhere Filter Cloud provide reporting of off-network Internet activity?
YES. Anywhere Filter Cloud allows Administrators to monitor and analyze Internet activity specifically by mobile device for off-network activity.
Does Anywhere Filter Cloud slow down Internet access?
NO.
Anywhere Filter Cloud includes BASCOM Smart Access Technology™ for fast, lightweight communication. Since web traffic isn't proxied through a customer's network, bandwidth is also saved.

 

 

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