Internet filtering system for filtering data transferred over the internet utilizing immediate and deferred filtering actions

  • US 5,884,033 A
  • Filed: 05/15/1996
  • Issued: 03/16/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/15/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for communicating with servers over the Internet to prevent or allow access to Internet sites, the method comprising computer-implemented steps of:

  • (a) opening a data stream to send a message through an interface to an Internet server;

    (b) maintaining a database of filtering information comprising a table of filters, said table comprising(1) filters specifying immediate action, and(2) filters specifying deferred action;

    (c) comparing information in the message to filtering information in at least one of said filters specifying immediate action and said filters specifying deferred action; and

    (d) determining whether to prevent or allow the outgoing transmission of the message based on the comparison.

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