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Like other categories of security software, filtering programs have been expanded to provide other functions, or other programs have been expanded to add filtering functions. Originally designed for home use to protect children from accessing inappropriate material on the Internet, filtering programs have prowl to find significant use in schools, especially at lower levels, and most recently in the enterprise.
The first step to establishing a successful content control program is to develop and publish an Internet usage policy. This is true in all setting, home, school, and work. Some organizations do not more than state what is appropriate use and what is not. Furthermore, usage policy often includes time constraints where organizations limit access during business hours but allow broader usage during non business hours. In some cases these organizations do not install filtering software and just rely upon the integrity of their trusted employees not to abuse the system and to comply with the stated usage policy. In other cases random monitoring is used to determine policy abuses. In still other environments filtering software with tight constraints is installed, updated, and maintained regularly with strict consequences for violations of the policy.