IT managers at schools and universities have been warned about the dangers around anonymous proxy use

The escalating use of and threat from anonymous proxies is presenting a danger to the safe use of the internet across the education system.

According to Bloxx, information communications technology (ICT) managers need to proactively manage and protect students who are using anonymous proxies to bypass their web filtering solution to access the entire web through a back door.

While various organisations including The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and British Education Communications and Technology Agency (Becta), have written consultation papers and prepared toolkits to highlight the risks to students being exposed to violent material, dangerous information and inappropriate content, Bloxx has claimed that internet access should be properly regulated in an education environment.

Eamonn Doyle, CEO of Bloxx, said: “It is imperative that internet access is properly regulated in an education environment. Students are increasingly finding new subversive ways to access web content that is typically blocked or restricted by their education facility's web filter.

“Bloxx is committed to ensuring the internet is a safe and secure learning environment for all students by delivering advanced functionality that protects and defends students from accessing inappropriate or dangerous content through anonymous proxies.”

The company claimed that it has had success in helping schools, colleges and universities throughout the world deliver all the benefits of the web to students while reducing risk and liability.

Barry Donovan, network manager at Christ's School in Richmond-upon-Thames, said: “Our previous web filter was simply unable to keep up with the level and number of proxy sites being created and consequently accessed every day. When we installed Bloxx, this problem was practically eliminated as it can spot and block anonymous proxies as soon as students attempt to access them. We have to keep up with the kids.”

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