California city tracks workers' Internet use

The gateway to Napa Valley is American Canyon, Calif., which supplies water to nearby wineries. The city of about 12,000 uses another kind of gateway to block inappropriate Internet use by employees.

Systems administrator Keith Finkel said Sentian software from N2H2 Inc. of Seattle helps him monitor workers' Web browsing.

Each morning he connects via Microsoft Proxy Server 2.0 to N2H2's database of Web sites, which are categorized by content. Each employee has an access profile.

The software can send warning messages to users that a site is being monitored.

At the end of each month, Finkel hands department directors a report for each employee, showing who has been where for how long, and whether any of the sites were monitored or blocked.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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