Cyberslacking, an informal term denoting unauthorized and excessive use of a corporate Internet connection at a workplace while maintaining the appearance of working, is a problem that nearly every employer inevitably faces when the company grows big and direct control becomes impossible. Employees often spend hours a day checking their accounts in social networks, downloading music, chatting with friends and even browsing job sites. In US alone, these actions cause an estimated $1 billion in annual damages to employers of all levels. ProxyInspector is an intelligent tool that provides a clear and detailed picture of what employees do with the Internet channel at their disposal and allows network administrators and managers make decisions based on facts, not assumptions.
The program is intended for corporate and business users and drastically simplifies the task of adding monitoring features to corporate networks of any size and structure and provides flexible ISA reporting capabilities covering nearly every aspect of users' network activities.
The most notable innovation in the new version is a search phrase report that enables the admin to see what exactly their employees look for on the Internet using search engines and whether this information has any relation to their work.
The concept of ProxyInspector is based on the use of proxy servers and specifically their log files containing comprehensive information on users' online actions. The program supports such popular proxy servers as Qbik WinGate, Ositis WinProxy, Kerio WinRoute Firewall, Kerio Control 7, Squid, EServ, Microsoft Threat Management Gateway 2010 and Microsoft ISA Server 2000/2004/2006. Typical parameters that can be collected by the program include the most active workstations, URL's of visited sites, overall traffic distribution, protocols used, date and time and more. ProxyInspector demonstrates excellent log file parsing speed even when working with large and very large files.
The log analyzer can automatically import log files from proxy servers, generate traffic usage reports and send them by email. It also enables users to print reports directly from a built-in browser and export them to HTML, Excel XLS and PDF formats.
"The reality of network administration is that the faster a company grows and the more complex its network infrastructure becomes, the harder it is to keep corporate Internet usage under control," says Dmitry Alferev, senior product manager at ADVSoft. "Our tool is scalable, supports a variety of popular proxy servers and network models, and offers excellent flexibility in terms of ISA reporting and making instant snapshots of user activities across the entire network."
ProxyInspector Enterprise features full Active Directory support and is capable of working with multiple proxy/firewall servers, both clustered and standalone. As an option, the Enterprise version of ProxyInspector can use Microsoft SQL Server 2008/2005/2000 for storing data.
Pricing and Availability
The Enterprise version of ProxyInspector can be purchased with one, two or three years of program updates. Current licensing options and prices can be found at the company website.The program is available from Share-It, the official reseller of ADVSoft products. Credit cards, PayPal, bank wires and check/money orders are accepted. More information about ProxyInspector and other ADVSoft products, tutorials, as well as a free downloadable evaluation version of the program are accepted.
Founded in 1998, ADVSoft (advsoft.info) is a leading developer of Internet access analysis and management software. ProxyInspector, the company's award-winning flagship product is a comprehensive solution for Internet usage monitoring, analysis and reporting. The company was founded by the developers of ReportMagic for WinGate software, who used their experience to create two new product families: ProxyInspector and MailDetective, which are now widely used by small and medium businesses all over the world. ADVSoft developers constantly improve these products and work on the new original projects. The company strives to make all its products as friendly, simple and functional as possible.