Anywhere Filter Cloud Based School Mobile Content Filtering FAQ

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What is Anywhere Filter Cloud? Anywhere Filter Cloud is a cloud based school mobile web filter solution that protects students from accessing inappropriate content from school owned mobile devices. With convenient anytime access, it’s simple to use, install, and maintain. You can manage your mobile filtering devices from any computer, tablet, or iPad® device. There’s no need to buy and maintain an onsite server appliance. Anywhere Filter Cloud works with your existing filter to protect your mobile devices. With access to knowledgeable Technical Support Representatives and convenient reporting, it delivers the mobile filtering you need to support 1:1 programs.
How is Anywhere Filter™ deployed? Anywhere Filter can be purchased as a filter appliance or a virtualized filter. It is also offered as a cloud based school web filter that's simple to manage and maintain, scalable to your needs, and very fast.
What devices does Anywhere Filter Cloud support? Anywhere Filter delivers mobile filtering for these devices:
  • iPad, iPhone®, and iPod touch® devices using Anywhere Filter browser app

  • Chromebook™ notebooks and Chromebox™ devices
  • OS X®—10.6 or later

  • Windows®— 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP

Is Anywhere Filter Cloud difficult to configure? NO. Anywhere Filter Cloud is an easy-to-use cloud based school web filter. When your mobile devices are used off-network, Anywhere Filter Cloud automatically takes over. To filter iOS devices the Anywhere Filter browser app needs to be downloaded from the App Store. Instant Config is available to quickly configure the devices. In a similar manner, BASCOM customers can filter Chromebook notebooks by downloading the Anywhere Filter Chrome extension. That extension is deployed with zero-touch technology providing each device with the appropriate user profile.
Can I assign different default profiles for on- and off-network filtering? YES. Relaxed take-home 1:1 policies can be used to provide students with more liberal access while at home. For example, when off-network, students can be allowed to access email, social media, and games, but still prevented from viewing inappropriate content.
How do I download the free Anywhere Filter browser app? It’s easy. Just go to the App Store icon and search for BASCOM. Select Anywhere Filter and install it.
Will Anywhere Filter provide easy access to Google Apps for Education (GAfE)? YES. Anywhere Filter provides single sign-on, automatically applying the appropriate Internet access policies for the user and access to GAfE.
Are educationally-focused and time-saving/security browser features included in Anywhere Filter browser app for iOS devices? YES. The Anywhere Filter browser app goes beyond simply replacing the Safari® browser by including these educational features:
  • Shared Bookmarks—Easily create and share a list of bookmarks with all school owned devices.

  • QR Reader—Teachers post a QR code. Immediately upon entering the classroom, students use their iOS devices to read the QR code so that they are instantly directed to the correct webpage for the lesson.


Additional time-saving browser features are also provided:

  • Immediately prints a page, instantly opens a link in a new page or copies it to the clipboard.
  • Quickly saves an image in the Photos App or copies it to the clipboard.
  • Displays and allows access to recently visited pages by holding down the forward and backward arrows.
  • Instantly opens documents, such as PDF's, in third party apps.
  • Ability to clear cookies.
Does it provide YouTube Filtering? (YouTube does not currently support the use of YouTube for Schools on iOS devices.)
YES. Anywhere Filter Cloud supports YouTube for Schools. In addition to the YouTube EDU videos (found on, teachers and administrators can add their own playlists of videos. Students are focused on the YouTube EDU videos plus any videos added by your school.  All comments and suggested videos are removed and searching is limited to the YouTube EDU videos.
Is there telephone support? YES. Telephone support is available 8 am - 6 pm, Monday-Friday, ET (to 7 pm by scheduling a call beforehand). Instead of stepping through an automated phone system to troubleshoot a problem, you will speak directly to a Technical Support Representative who has extensive background in school filtering and networking.
Does it prevent students from getting around the filter using proxy servers? YES. Real-Time Proxy Detection is built into Anywhere Filter Cloud, a school web filtering cloud service, to prevent students from bypassing the filter using anonymous proxy servers. It keeps students from accessing sites such as Facebook so that the Internet can be used productively.
Is Anywhere Filter Cloud CIPA-compliant? YES. Anywhere Filter Cloud is CIPA-compliant. It enforces your Acceptable Use Policy by implementing your filter settings, regardless of the network a mobile user is on.
Does Anywhere Filter Cloud enforce SafeSearch? YES. Anywhere Filter Cloud enforces SafeSearch for Yahoo, Google®, and Bing® search engines. It keeps students from using anonymous proxy sites and is enforced even if a user tries to change it or a computer isn’t set for it.
Can Anywhere Filter Cloud integrate with Directory Services (Open Directory, Novell, Microsoft Active Directory®)? YES. You can use your existing Authentication System to facilitate filtering. For iOS devices, a setting is available to customize filtering to specific groups. For Chromebook notebooks, Anywhere Filter accesses the necessary user information through its integration with the Google Management Console.
Can a student (or user) turn Anywhere Filter Cloud off? NO. Anywhere Filter Cloud prevents users from locating its security features. To add another layer of security to its school web filtering cloud service, Anywhere Filter is built with password protection.
Does Anywhere Filter Cloud provide reporting of off-network Internet activity? YES. Anywhere Filter Cloud allows a System Administrator to analyze Internet activity by device for off-network activity.
Does Anywhere Filter Cloud slow down Internet access? NO. For fast, lightweight communication, BASCOM Smart Access Technology™ is built into Anywhere Filter Cloud. Bandwidth is saved since web traffic isn't proxied through the school’s network.



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