How to block streaming media

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How to block streaming media
You can easily block streaming media websites on your network with the right security product. (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

There is a vast index of websites that allow Internet users to stream media, such as music, videos and live radio broadcasts. Some popular streaming sites include Pandora, YouTube and Yahoo! Music. Because streaming media takes up a lot of bandwidth, network administrators usually block streaming media websites to keep the network running more quickly. In networks established at workplaces or educational institutions, streaming media sites also get blocked because they are considered distracting. There are various security products that can help you block any type of website, including streaming media sites.

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  1. 1

    Operate the Websense Web Filter product to filter streaming media on your network. Websense has 15 years of web filtering practice, provides staff support and offers up-to-date identification of inappropriate content. The Websense Web Filter product enables superior network and application control to diminish network risks. Websense software restricts Internet users from accessing media streaming sites that display video, radio and music. With Websense, you may view a video demonstration, try a free evaluation or purchase this software from its official website.

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    Work with the McAfee SmartFilter software on your network to restrict access to streaming media. McAfee SmartFilter software allows flexible restriction settings by user, IP, time and date. You have the ability to allow specific network users to override the restrictions while others remain blocked from media streaming sites that could potentially hinder office productivity or tasks on your network. On the official McAfee SmartFilter website, you can download the 30-day evaluation to determine if this software will best suit your streaming media network restriction needs.

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    Visit the SonicWALL website and use its content filtering solution to filter streaming media on your network. The SonicWALL software protects your Internet network from harmful sites by implementing restrictions, protecting confidential and personal information within the network, and disabling access to such Internet distractions as web chat and media streaming sites. For assistance in selecting the best SonicWall software to suit your needs, enter your network user quantity and Postcode into the official website. It will provide a list of SonicWall sales contacts closest to your location to finalise a purchase.

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