8e6 Technologies was formerly known as Log-On Corporation.
have used two unique trademarked terms to describe their process. Frequently
these terms can be identified on ISPs using 8e6 Technology products but do not
identify the company. These terms are "Direct Access Blocking (DAB)"
and "MudCrawler ."
Examples of Blocking Categories/Criteria that Present Concerns
Sites for non-mainstream periodicals, information on self-awareness, spirituality,
healing arts, holistic living, junk culture, fringe media, art perspectives,
It is unlikely
that a company that collaborates with the American Family Association is blocking
access to Christian sites. But "non-mainstream information on spirituality"
Sites contain information regarding militias, weapons, anti-government groups,
terrorism, overthrowing of the government, killing methods, etc."
It would appear
that sites presenting information objecting to U.S. policy, such as sites that
present objections to U.S. trade policy might be blocked under this category.
If this description were used to block access to information in the late 1700's
the Declaration of Independence and all other writings of the Founding Fathers
would be blocked.
Sites promoting cult or gothic subject matter, use of mind control, paranoia,
fear, and any other type of psychological control or manipulation."
It is not possible
to tell whether non-traditional religions, which are considered to be "cults"
by some, would be classified in this category.
Sites that contain material relative to an individual's personal life, whether
straight, gay, lesbian, or otherwise; any site pertaining to any particular
culture, behavior, organization, society, club, etc."
This is an interesting
category that may have been created to provide cover for those who might want
to block access to information related to sexual orientation but do not want
it to appear that they are discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.
If 8e6 is truly blocking all sites that could presumably fit into this category,
including all sites pertaining to "any particular culture," it would
be logical to assume that blocking this category would have seriously detrimental
effects on the use of Internet in schools to study other cultures.
More insight into
this category can be found in the description that is provided on the BSafeOnline/BSafeSchool/AFA
Filter web site, which is a private labeled version of the same product.
Information promoting adultery, swinging lifestyles, same gender and/or
trans-gendered relationships." http://www.bsafeonline.com/products/ectable.asp
Clearly the placement
of sexual orientation into this category presents significant concerns.
Sites that contain nudity of any sort, vulgarity, including the likes of Playboy,
Hustler, and Penthouse."
sexual education sites, safe sex sites, and the like contain "nudity of
some sort." It is unknown the degree to which 8e6 blocks access to such
Relationship with the American Family Association
that Log-On Corporation was started in some form of a partnership with
the American Family Association, a conservative Christian organization
American Family Online, the technology arm of AFA, has been marketing
a private-labeled version of X-Stop as American Family Filter (http://www.afafilter.com).
American Family Online has recently established a new division called
which is selling to schools as BSafeSchool (http://www.bsafeschool).
A separate report is provided regarding American Family Online and BSafeSchool.
found on AFA site
Made an Impact?
The impact of AFA is recognized nationwide.
... AFA teams up with Log-On Data, to market X-Stop, a powerful Internet pornography
(American Family Association) generally supports the use of blocking software,
and has a business alliance with Log-On Data, creators of a product that competes
with Cyber Patrol called X-Stop."
from a page from the X-Stop site in 1997
American Family Association
Enough is Enough
Family Research Council
Focus on the Family
Trinity Broadcasting Network"
The author of this
report recalls, but cannot verify, that in the late 1990's Log-On Corporation
had a logo that was similar to "Blessed are those who remove the temptation."
This logo appeared on their home page.
Although no evidence
of this prior logo could be located, the following report of an interview with
the CEO of Log-On Corporation on Trinity Broadcasting contains a very similar
AFA Filter from
American Family Online
Family Filter We have come to realize that for an Internet filter to be truly
effective, it must protect the whole family. The parents as well as children
need protection from the destructive material on the Internet. A filter must
also be secure. A filter that can be disabled will be, and usually at the
time it is needed most. A filter needs to perform. It needs to be invisible
to the subscriber except when bad material is encountered.
Family Filter is built on the Christian principal of holiness and living a
pure life. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever
is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if
anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Philippians
4:8 If you have been seriously shopping for an Internet access control (filtering
software) product, the American Family Filter is for you!
Filter stands apart from other blocking software, employing a uniquely Christian
approach to our content filtering. We adhere to a higher standard, because
American Family Filter is a ministry first and foremost, and therefore we
are accountable to a Higher Authority for the product we produce.
Some of American
Family Filter's stricter standards include blocking of unmonitored chat rooms,
no password overrides, and advanced technologies that make it difficult to
disable by children and spouses with addictions who may be tempted to circumvent
All this is to
make your Internet experience as safe as possible using the latest technology
and maximum human effort."
AFA Filter Filtering
Same as 8e6 Technology categories -- some language changes.
Other Religious ISPs Using X-Stop
It appears that
711.Net/Global Internet Ministries was using I-Gear, but it appears that the
company is now using 8e6 Technologies product. See the separate report about
To provide a quality, filtered internet access service, promoting Christian
values, that provides security and protection for all users, especially children
from porn sites and obscene material."
standout features separate our filter from other products designed to restrict
access to offensive online content. Two of the most significant are its exclusive
use of Direct Address Blocking (DAB) - blocking sites by their Internet addresses
- and a proprietary technology known as "the MudCrawler" - a search
array that constantly scans millions of Web addresses for offensive content."
Evident from the name of the service.
Internet filter is CatholicFamilies.net's proprietary tool for blocking
offensive web sites from its Internet service. It prevents the user
from accessing pornography, as well as sites promoting hatred and
extreme violence. With SafeHaven, CatholicFamilies.net members can
explore the Internet with peace of mind.
by X-Stop, SafeHaven offers the most efficient, sophisticated filtering
process on the Internet. Some companies offer "client-side"
filters, governed by software that the user installs on his or her
own computer. The software includes lists of sites that need to be
blocked, which the user updates through monthly downloads."
to make sure that the SafeHaven filter is responsive to users' needs. If you
encounter any site which you feel should be filtered, please send us the URL.
We'll review it, and add it to our list if it fits the criteria for undesirable
IS WORLD CHRISTIAN ONLINE?
Christian Online is a group of Christians who are committed to spreading
the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. There is a tremendous need
for a high quality, low cost online service provider that reflects
the values of Christians worldwide. World Christian envisions connecting
the online body of Christ together via the Internet for the purpose
of evangelism, education, edification, communication, encouragement,
burden sharing and worldwide praise to God. The integrity of this
service will diligently be protected to ensure a family-friendly,
God centered online environment. We will be constantly adding new
and valuable content and affiliated sites to help Christians in their
daily lives in their walk for the Lord.
Christian Online is one of the first nationwide, Christian Internet
Service Providers with server level filtering. World Christian Online
is seeking to serve the Lord by bring together the Christian Community
and providing Christian content and reliable services that are not
available anywhere else."
than a year testing and evaluating various filters, we've decided to license
the X-Stop R2000 from Logon Data Corporation."
Names X-Stop specifically
and Filtering Product
Our mission at safeplace.net® is to provide a clean and friendly environment
for exploring the Web. This is achieved through two means. The first and most
important is our filtering system. Backed by the best filtering technology
on the planet, X-STOP® we are able to scan over 3.2 million site per hour
for objectionable content. Our filtered access is used by thousands of individuals,
churches, schools and business alike.
Safeplace.net is a service of Fish(5), Corp. Fish(5), Corp. is a privately
held, Christian owned and operated, full-service Internet solutions company
specializing in providing Internet access, web hosting, web design, leased
lines, full scale Internet/Intranet development and Internet content management
FishNet does not state that it is a Christian service. But it does have the
traditional Christian fish logo and Christian Links.
FILTERED ACCESS FOR YOUR FAMILY PROTECTING YOUR LOVED ONES FROM PORNOGRAPHIC,
OFFENSIVE AND OTHER OBJECTIONABLE INTERNET SITES.
utilizes proven X-stop technology to offer server based PURE INTERNET ACCESS
as a FREE option when you sign up for a Fishnet Family account."
"The Mission of The CrossWorks Ministries is to minister to Faith-based
and Nonprofit Organizations and Individuals by using multi-media and Internet
technology to provide high quality, easy-to-use tools based on an affordable,
monthly subscription fee. Through our profitability and operations, our goal
is to make our associates available for full-time ministry opportunities and
to help build HIS Kingdom!"
"Now you have two choices for Internet Filtering!
Get dial-up services in proud association with Fishnet Online
Or keep your
current Internet Service Provider
Christian-based Filtering now available with your existing Internet Provider!!
The CrossWorks has created an affiliation with American Family Association
to provide a filter that is used in conjunction with an existing Internet
provider (AOL, Yahoo, MSN, etc.). This allows Christians who want Internet
protection to get an award-winning filter without changing their Internet
On September 16, 1996, at 8:00 EST, the TBN Show
In The Morning" program featured an interview with Michael
S. Bradshaw, C.E.O. and creator of the X-STOP device. Mr. Bradshaw
answered questions about content, control and reading words that
are typed before the computer does. X-STOP, the only product available
that addresses the issue of e-mail filtering for the purpose of
child and family protection will be gone over in depth. Every e-mail
word to be sent is filtered.
show's host, Jay Jones, addressed issues that his 31 million viewers
were concerned about. When Mr. Jones asked Mr. Bradshaw what the
average age of the pornographer was, Mr. Bradshaw said that the
average age is between 12 and 17. "The key to effective blocking
of pornography sites, which is X STOP's other main feature, is the
quality of the library. Allowing children to go to pornographic
sites on the Internet is not in their best interest and detrimental,"
bless the lives of those you love and care about when you remove
temptation," said Mr. Bradshaw.