Making Shortcuts With Google Chrome

This past week, there as been a lot of talk about Google’s new browser Chrome.   It’s definitely not a Firefox or IE killer but I don’t think it’s meant to be.  My thoughts are that Google didn’t like how their apps performed within IE and Firefox and therefore introduced Chrome as a blueprint for the […]
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Can’t Block HTTPS Traffic Using Astaro Content Filter

Problem:  Using Astaro content filter, we were having issues with people using anonymous proxies to bypass the filter using HTTPS (port 443) instead of standard port 80.  Turns out that the Astaro content filter only processes port 80 traffic, thus leaving a pretty big hole for us to fill.  I could use packet filter rules […]
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How Much Bandwidth Are You Using?

About two months ago, I ran across a cool little program called BitMeter. It allows you to monitor your internet connection on your workstation in real time.  I first started to use it to see if there were any programs accessing the Internet without my knowledge and I ended up keeping it because it’s kind […]
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Can’t get to Website, Timing out: Astaro

Problem:  When accessing certain sites on the Internet, I get a timeout error and the page never comes up.  I have noticed this on sites like Gaggle.net and some forum sites.  What they both had in common were scripts and redirects.  I can access the site outside the firewall so I know that it isn’t […]
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Internet Slow or Down, Using Astaro

Here is a problem/solution that happens to us from time to time on our Astaro Firewall.  Not very often, mind you, but enough to mention. Problem:  All of a sudden the Internet seems to slow to a crawl and or down all together, using Astaro Security Gateway and the proxy is in transparent mode.   Solution:  […]
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