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Optenet Introduces HostSecure Automated Content Filter

HostSecure enables the detection and removal of inappropriate user-generated content on blogs and social networking sites
MIAMI " February 17, 2009 " Optenet, a global IT security company and provider of high-performance content filtering solutions, today announced the availability of HostSecure, a new solution that can automatically analyze, detect and report inappropriate user-generated material posted on organizations' Web sites, blogs and Wikis. HostSecure enables organizations that host Web sites -- from service providers and hosting providers to major corporations -- to dynamically categorize and remove, if necessary, any content deemed inappropriate. HostSecure protects providers from unknowingly exposing site visitors to inappropriate content thereby helping to preserve their status as reputable and responsible organizations.

The rise in popularity of social networking sites, blogs and community Web sites that encourage users to post content has resulted in a tremendous amount of uninspected Web content including objectionable text, photos and videos. As the amount of user-generated material continues to grow, organizations are under increasing pressure to maintain the interactive real-time communications of Web 2.0 technologies while still conducting responsible inspection of the content. These factors are driving organizations to seek a more automated and streamlined approach to reviewing, categorizing and removing inappropriate material from their sites.

"The volume of user-generated content on the Web is increasing exponentially. Manually monitoring that content for unacceptable or harmful text or images can be overwhelming," said Joel Silberman, Optenet's vice president of North America. "Service and hosting providers know that it only takes one bad incident to cause irreparable damage to their reputation. By enabling the detection and blocking of objectionable content, HostSecure addresses this escalating issue and minimizes the risk faced by these companies. With HostSecure, organizations can rest-assured and operate with confidence in knowing their sites will remain safe and reputable online destinations."

As a key offering within Optenet's roster of security solutions for service providers and enterprises, HostSecure provides a detection system that enables service providers, hosting providers and other large organizations to continually monitor and manage the content of the Web sites they host and eliminate any unwanted or objectionable material. The solution is backed by multiple proprietary intelligent content filtering techniques and address analysis, in conjunction with databases of millions of URLs. HostSecure also provides reports in real-time, giving the administrator a detailed map of all content uploaded to the Web by its subscribers.