Welcome to the SafeSquid Wiki
What is SafeSquid?

SafeSquid® is basically an HTTP/1.1 Proxy Server Software.
SafeSquid is however most popularly used because of it's vivid Content Filtering, Content Security and Access Control capabilities, as an Application Layer Firewall. You can install SafeSquid on a Linux or Microsoft® Windows based host to provide a secured web-gateway for a large number of users.

What are the key benefits, that SafeSquid offers?

SafeSquid has a robust multi-threaded architecture, and a vast array of configurable features.
You may consider SafeSquid as an essential building-block to set-up a Web Gateway that exhibits following properties:

  • Internet or Web Filtering
  • Granular - per user or Group based policies
  • Gateway Level Content Security
  • Content Caching
  • User Limits
  • Configurable Reporting

The extensive array of features and capabilities, is tightly integrated allowing you to logically translate your Network or Corporate Internet Access Policy or Internet use policy. SafeSquid has an intrinsic WebGUI. You can use this WebGUI to create, edit, review and manage your policies quite like you would use a typical network-layer firewall.

SafeSquid's various capabilities include support for Windows Integrated Authentication, Application Clustering, Proxy Chaining, using third-pary software and services for increased content security, or reporting.

Who can use SafeSquid?

Your SafeSquid based web filtering gateway can be quite easily scaled to be effectively used as an application for personal or home use, Enterprise Content Filtering Gateway, Institutional resource, or an ISP class value-added service.

How will this Wiki Site help me?

SafeSquid's technical support team, is ever-so-happy to assist you in achieving your goals. This wiki site is an extension to SafeSquid's official home www.safesquid.com You may refer to this wiki-site, as you plan, design or evaluate options to set up a Web Filtering. You may also refer to this wiki-site as a self-learning resource. The content posted here covers both - SafeSquid for Windows and Linux.
The information posted on this wiki-site covers various topics, and relevant contextual information about:

  • System Requirements
  • Resource Planning
  • Software Installation
  • Integration with third-party software and services
  • SafeSquid's architecture and features
  • Implementation examples and trouble-shooting

Effectiveness of Content Filtering or Web Filtering capabilities require regular updation of relevant policies and features. While the Product development strives to enhance and evolve the access and content filtering features and capabilities of the software, this wiki should help you to optimally use them.

What are the limitations of this Wiki?

Please do note that some of the content may have been obsoleted and the content posted here may not be comprehensively covering features and capabilities, that may have been added to the more recent version of SafeSquid. The content for the same, usually takes some time to be generated. The Wiki administration team encourages you to suggest topics or areas, that could help you, if posted earlier.
You can discuss any topic, from the 'Discuss' link at the bottom of the topic page. Simply join, get a membership, to participate.

What are the knowledge pre-requisites to get the best out of this Wiki?

Working knowledge of your preferred operating system is surely required, to use the information available on this wiki-site. SafeSquid is largely popular with technicians who prefer the capability to exactly define the logic, as they please. SafeSquid's WebGUI allows you to "re-program" the functional logic, by creating entries that synthesize into your Internet Security, Content Control and Access Policy. This re-programming is achieved by creating entries in SafeSquid's various sections. This is also referred to as SafeSquid's configuration, and uses PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expressions) in most places. SafeSquid is an Application Layer Firewall (HTTP Firewall), therefore concepts of HTTP and HTML can help you tremendously if you wish to aggressively customize and tweak the user experience.



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