With Blue Coat K9 Web Protection, you don't have to wait for the latest security patch or upgrade, which can leave your computer vulnerable to new and evolving Web threats. K9 delivers the comprehensive protection you need automatically. With K9, you get the same advanced Web filtering technology used by enterprise and government institutions worldwide --- all with a user-friendly interface that allows you to control Internet use in your home.

Blue Coat's Web filtering technology enables you to block entire categories of content, such as pornography or gambling, or block specific Web sites, such as Facebook.

In addition to filtering the categories or sites you choose, K9 also offers:

  • Real-time malware protection --- Blue Coat WebFilter helps identify and block illegal or undesirable content in real time, including malware-infected sites. You also benefit from the WebPulse cloud service, a growing community of more than 62 million users who provide more than six billion real-time Web content ratings per day.
  • Automatic content ratings --- New Web sites and pages are created every minute, and no one person can possibly rate or categorize all of them. To ensure protection against new or previously unrated Web sites, Blue Coat's patent-pending Dynamic Real-Time Rating™ (DRTR) technology automatically determines the category of an unrated Web page, and allows or blocks it according to your specifications.
  • Continuous protection that won't slow down your computer --- Caching is the method your Web browser uses to save frequently used data, which increases efficiency by reducing the amount of information requested over the Internet. K9 uses Blue Coat's unique caching technology, so your Internet experience is always as fast as possible.

K9 filters content in real time

K9 is not antivirus, anti-spam or firewall software. K9 is a Web filter that determines where the computer user can go inside your Web browser. You use K9 in conjunction with other antivirus, anti-spam or firewall products from vendors such as Computer Associates, McAfee, Symantec, ZoneLabs, Microsoft and others.

While some product suites include Web filtering, these filters may not be as robust or detailed as Blue Coat's technology. We recommend that you use K9 instead of the Web filter you find in a product suite, unless it's based on Blue Coat's K9 technology.

K9 replaces parental control solutions from AOL, MSN and others. Most of these other solutions suffer from under-blocking or over-blocking problems, which is why Blue Coat decided to introduce a consumer product of our own. We wanted a solution for our homes that was as good as what we were delivering to our enterprise customers.

Best of all, as part of the Blue Coat Community Outreach Program, K9 Web Protection is free. And, because K9 Web Protection uses the same technology we offer our enterprise customers, we continue to improve our security features to respond to the latest threats and customer needs. Unlike static security products, our technology is continuously upgraded on your computer to fight malware in real time.