Like Squid but don’t want to deal with the headache of trying to block entire categories of websites? Do you like Websense but don’t want to pay a lot of money? Well, I have a solution work looking at! Consider the power and flexibility of Squid, with an icap server that can deal with categories of websites, policies based on username, group membership, or ip subnets while providing additional security features such as deep page inspection, blocking of specific file types, and blocking of ads and tracking sites.
I bought an ASA 5505 of eBay a few months ago. Two complaints I have about it: only 256 Mb of RAM and 10 user license. I’m a pretty heavy user ofmy Internet. Onnection, so I was running into constant slowdowns or drops due to license. The slowdowns are easy to take care of pretty cheap. Rather than spend $400 for a gig of Cisco memory, it turns out you can put a gig of RAM in your 5505 for under $30. Turns out that the ASA uses PC3200 DDR DIMMs. A trip to Fry’s, remove 3 screws, and replace the stock DIMM just like doing a PC upgrade and you’re done.