How do you manage torrents on your network?

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So as I peruse through Feedly today I notice an article reporting that isohunt is back online. The huge BitTorrent search engine was voluntarily shut down after the owner lost a legal battle with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). According to MPAA chairman Chris Dodd, the settlement sent “a strong message that those who build businesses around encouraging, enabling and helping others to commit copyright infringement are themselves infringers, and will be held accountable for their actions.”

Well it didn't send too strong a message, since the site is back online after less than two weeks of being down.

The resurrected isohunt is not affiliated with original site or its owner, Gary Fung. The site is now located at a new domain and only about 75% of the original site is available. The new owners plan to add more content and they expect to attract the isohunt faithful. The original Isohunt was online for over 10 years, so as you can imagine, there are a lot of faithful.

If you're a sysadmin who was battling isohunt and other torrent usage on the network, you aren't going to get much help from the legal order against isohunt. I'll even suggest to you that every time one of these sites is ordered to close, another will pop up out of defiance. You need some help managing bandwidth usage, malware protection, compliance issues, and the other concerns presented by filesharing and torrent sites.

The Barracuda Web Filter can help with this. With this device on your network, you can block torrent sites by URL or by category type. You can deploy Web Security Agents to protect company owned devices from malicious or illegal downloads when the devices are offline. The integrated spyware & virus protection will detect and block spyware downloads and other malicious activity. If torrents are a concern, the Barracuda Web Filter is your answer.

But what about legitimate uses of BitTorrent? After all, BitTorrent is just a protocol, and there are ways to use the protocol that do not involve copyright infringement. For example, Ubuntu uses BitTorrent to share linux distributions. What if you want to allow this type of activity, but not allow the download of music, software, movies, and other things that people are supposed to pay for?

The Barracuda Web Filter allows you to create flexible policies, groups, and time-based exceptions that allow you the access you need. There's no reason to block legitimate resources when you can simply create an exception for it.

Check out this live demo of the Barracuda Web Filter, and you can see how easy it is to manage. (User name ‘guest' and leave the password blank)

For a real test drive, order a 30-day free evaluation unit.

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