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Encrypted YouTube Restriction Problems From Google.com SSL Certificate Solved For Schools, Businesses With Updated IBoss Enterprise Web Filter

SAN DIEGO, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- When Google updated YouTube's secure socket layer (SSL) certificate to Google.com, it inadvertently created a headache for IT departments in organizations that block access to the encrypted https://www.youtube.com but require access to Google services such as Gmail, Google Docs and Google Apps.

Because YouTube now has the same SSL certificate as Google, allowing access to Google services requires also opening access to https://www.youtube.com. However, when access to https://www.youtube.com is opened, users can view YouTube content by simply typing https before the domain. It was a no-win situation. iBoss™ ( http://www.iboss.com) has added encrypted YouTube restriction to its popular iBoss Enterprise Web Filter and Application Firewall.

What does this mean for businesses and educational institutions?

Without encrypted YouTube, organizations had to institute an "all or nothing" policy. This means one option is to allow employees in corporate environments or students in school environments to see everything on YouTube, whether it's inappropriate language or explicit images. The only other option was to block everyone from YouTube. This certainly causes a problem when a corporation is trying to get access it's own videos on YouTube or a teacher is trying to use a video as part of a lesson plan.

Thanks to iboss, IT departments can continue to block access to YouTube and https://www.youtube.com without also blocking access to Google services. In addition to the new feature, iBoss Enterprise Web Filter also enables safe searching that can be configured to meet an organization's needs. This means students and employees alike can use YouTube as a resource without seeing inappropriate language or explicit images. This process includes filtering content in the video itself as well as limiting inadvertent exposure by blocking access to the comments and suggested videos section of YouTube. The system also produces comprehensive reports of all activity and allows administrators to monitor and log Internet usage. These reports can be viewed in real-time or for past activity during a specific time period.

As always, networks can use iBoss Enterprise Web Filter to block access to specific websites, by Web usage patterns or by category. The system's URL database currently contains more than 15 million URLs in over 75 categories.

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