Blue Coat - Acquired by Private Equity Firm Thoma Bravo

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  1. SweX

    SweX Registered Member

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    Press Release: http://www.bluecoat.com/company/pre...s-be-acquired-private-equity-firm-thoma-bravo

    Blue Coat Systems is the developer of the K9 Web Protection.
    And the reason I found out about that they have been acquired, was because I was reading about their Web filtering service (WebPulse) that they provide to enterprises etc...

    And apparently WebPulse is even available in the Free consumer version of K9 as well.
    And they have even released K9 to more platforms.....
    More about K9: http://www.bluecoat.com/products/k9-web-security

    And the reason I include the quotes is because everytime we have talked about K9 we have looked at it as a parental control service, when in fact it's so much more. But don't ask me about how good it is ;)
     
  2. andyman35

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    Interesting.I too previously considered K9 as just a (very decent) parental-control application,rather than a full-on AM web filter.

    It'd be good to see how this performs against some malware links.
     
  3. Technical

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    I used to use K9 a lot of time.
    Recently, I got problems and incompatibilities.
    Hope we can manage it with the support team and, also, that K9 remain free.
     
  4. acr1965

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    anyone going to try this out?
     
  5. Technical

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    What? K9? I used it for years... What do you wanna know?
     
  6. acr1965

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    what were the incapatibilities?
     
  7. Technical

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    I've got quite some BSODs.
    I have uploaded both to avast team and K9 support.
    Neither of them were able to discover the culprit but, for sure, when K9 was uninstalled no more BSODs. The K9 driver was involved in the BSODs.
    I keep the emails I've exchanged with both teams but there are personal information.

    avast team analyzed the dumps but cannot find a bug into avast that could be the cause.
    K9 team did the same, acknowledged the problem, promised to solve in next version, pointed me to the beta version (which did not solve the problem), gave up.

    Now K9 has been sold...
     
  8. SweX

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    I just watched a youtube test with 5 links and it blocked all five. 4 detected as malware and 1 as suspicious.
    Not many links in the test but it still gives a hint :)
     
  9. treehouse786

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    i have k9 installed on a few machines, does the job very well, never had any issues. although not a good as the forticlient web filter which is probably the best free filter you can get anywhere

    see here for more details https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=304940
     
  10. SweX

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    Yea it's good. Though some say that it runs heavy and some say that it runs light. Anyhow I am happy with ESET atm.

    But some more DNS Services to choose from would nice :D
     
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