Our story begins in 2003, with the launch of our first product BrowseControl. Our flagship product has led us since its release, providing the user with the ability to control the web browsing of another computer. The technology was particularly useful to businesses who wished to control what their employees could do on the internet. BrowseControl was released with positive reviews from software review sites and customers.
The times are changing however. Since 2003 the internet has grown to a point where it is involved in nearly all aspects of our lives. Its potential in the workplace is near limitless, however with its business capabilities came other capabilities as well. The internet is also a place where you can waste an unlimited amount of time browsing social media, forums, or watching videos and movies. Restricting employee access to work related websites is something BrowseControl specializes in, making it more and more important as the internet grows.
Launch of BrowseReporter
In 2004 CurrentWare expanded their product line to include BrowseReporter, a tool that allows users to monitor and generate reports on what URLs their employees were visiting. We found that some employers didn’t want to fully limit what their employees were doing, but instead just be able to watch their employees’ activities. They felt being watched would force their employees to stay away from leisurely browsing the internet.
The launch of BrowseReporter ushered in a new era of expansion for BrowseControl, releasing two new products in rapid succession 2 years later, AccessPatrol and enPowerManager. AccessPatrol was a reaction to the rise of USB sticks, as data could now easily and instantly be stolen from work. Security software was needed to prevent this, and so AccessPatrol, the endpoint security solution, was created. enPowerManager was a reaction to rising electrical costs, as a cheap and easy way to control the power schedules of PC’s.
What Lies Ahead
Here at CurrentWare the future is exciting and the potential is endless. In the development pipelines we have an exciting new product, the CurrentWare Gateway. The CurrentWare gateway is a solution that allows the user to restrict internet usage from the gateway level, eliminating the need for a client on every computer. The CurrentWare Gateway will require no hardware, and will allow you to restrict any operating system, be it Windows, MacOS, Android etc, on any device, be it a PC, tablet, or smartphone. You’ll be able to cut leisurely browsing, and increase productivity easier than ever before.
But why wait? Join us and try our products now; the full version of the CurrentWare Suite is free for 14 days. Our products already allow you to restrict internet access and monitor internet usage, you could increase productivity today. All it takes is one download and an easy installation.
4 Powerful Solutions in 1 Suite
Employee Productivity, Security and Data Loss Prevention
CurrentWare Suite includes the following solutions: Internet Access Control, Internet Usage Monitoring, Endpoint Security and Power Management Solutions
Control Internet Access
Manage your organization’s Internet Access
From a centralized Console, you can enable and disable Internet access of your employees or students instantly.
BrowseControl Web Filter is effective at filtering both HTTP and HTTPS sites. Use the Internet scheduler to choose when you would like to block Internet access.
Covering more than 100 URL categories, administrators can easily block objectionable web sites through a diverse range of categories.
Monitor Web Browsing
Real-time Internet monitoring
BrowseReporter can record the surfing behaviour on a per user or a per computer basis.
If an employee/student uses multiple computers, BrowseReporter will track the browsing activity of this user on all the corresponding computers.
BrowseReporter can also track application usage. Find out if your users are spending time on the right type of applications.
Active vs Total Browsing Time
Accurate time tracking
To track employee productivity more effectively, BrowseReporter offers a more refined measurement of recording URL visits by: “Active Time” vs. “Total Time”. Managers can clearly differentiate between how long a URL is opened and left idle and one that is opened and actively used.
Active Time: tracks the time that the browser window is active. If a browser loses focus or is minimized, tracking will be discontinued.
Total Time: measures the total time a URL page was kept open.
Control Access of External Devices
Block USB and external devices
AccessPatrol manages endpoint device access both on and off the network.
Unauthorized access or transfer of data through USB flash drives, CDs, iPods, MP3s, FireWire, WiFi, Bluetooth on all company systems, can be managed centrally through AccessPatrol’s web console.
Power Management Policies
Control computer powers remotely
Shutdown computers after hours
Power up computers at the beginning of the work day
Restart computers after deploying software patches
Power down hard drives or monitors, when not in use
Assign hibernate, standby policies after a predefined period of inactivity.