My school currently uses Websense as a filter, and I use Firefox. I am subject to the exact same filtering rules when using Firefox as I am when I use IE. The only difference I have noticed is that it harder to get information about the blocking when using Firefox. For instance, in IE, if a site is blocked, I can see what user Websense thinks I am and what rules apply to that user. On Firefox, I am unable to get that information, but that is the only difference I have noticed.
From: Aaron Tyo-Dickerson [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, October 15, 2004 7:40 AM
Subject: [school-discuss] filtering with FOSS browsers
While I have every confidence that a web browser is a web browser and if Websense blocks access to "bad" sites for one browser, it will block that access for all browsers, I would appreaciate some jargon on this so that I can assure this person that FOSS web browsers so not somehow circumvent his district's need to filter content. (I apologize for all of the forehead-slapping that this may cause among the readers on this list.)
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