Ensure web traffic matches your policy
Anonymizing proxies trick an organization's web filter into allowing inappropriate or blocked content. Don't fall into that trap. With Web Security and Control solutions from Sophos, you can let your users surf the sites they need for their job and not worry about them bypassing your filters.
To prevent users from bypassing filtering controls, Sophos offers a unique two-stage solution that is critical in forming a defense against anonymizing proxy use:
- Our reputation-based service actively seeks out new anonymizing proxies from a variety of underground Internet sources as they are published and updates the filtering database at frequent, regular intervals.
- Our real-time proxy detection engine automatically inspects traffic for signs that it's being routed through a proxy, effectively closing the door on private home-based proxies or more obscure proxies not identified through the reputation service.
Sophos identifies several hundred new proxies daily with this unique service and technology. So administrators don't have to constantly stay on top of their users' latest proxy sites. The result? Hours saved every week.
So, what is an anonymizing proxy?
People use anonymizing proxies to get around company filters. Some people might want to access Facebook or YouTube at work — and that might normally be blocked. An anonymizing proxy is a specially designed portal that enables users to browse sites anonymously and free of company web security filtering. These proxy portals can completely undermine an effective web security and control solution, exposing users and your organization to significant security risks, legal liability issues and productivity losses.