Which versions include OfficeSurfer?
All versions of BadBlue server products
beginning with version 2.44 include the OfficeSurfer
How do I start OfficeSurfer?
Install BadBlue on your PC and make sure you can
surf to it from your office. The
can step you through basic setup.
Then surf to your PC running BadBlue from your
office and click on the:
image (available on both the Search and
What kind of restrictions will OfficeSurfer bypass?
OfficeSurfer can bypass restrictions on specific site addresses (e.g.,
web-mail accounts); on secure traffic (e.g., using a bank
or investment web site over SSL); on web traffic over certain ports
(if you run BadBlue on port 80); and related corporate web filters.
BadBlue will also prevent basic monitoring of the sites
you've visited and won't raise alarms on traditional filtering
What does OfficeSurfer do?
OfficeSurfer acts as a
reformatting proxy, taking
requests for URL's (such as
and proxying to them. As pages are returned, they are
reformatted to use the correct URL's for returning
OfficeSurfer also obfuscates (disguises) the destination
addresses so that a casual inspection of the URL will
not reveal the address.
How do I password-protect OfficeSurfer?c:\program files\badblue\pe\http:\\
If you want to make sure that only you (or other specified
users) can access OfficeSurfer, use the following steps:
1) Use the Manage >> Setup search tab link
and add the following shared areas:
substituting the folder where you installed BadBlue if it
was not c:\program files\badblue\pe\). For
instance, use c:\program files\badblue\ee\
for Enterprise Edition.
2) If you've never defined users before,
use the Manage >> Define users link
to create one or more user accounts in BadBlue; if you've
already defined users, you can skip this step.
3) Use the Manage >> Password-protect files link
and select both shared areas (defined in step 1, above) as
For more information on password-protecting files, see the
Password-protection FAQ page.
Note: you can
only manage your copy of BadBlue when you're physically
at the PC or when you have been designated a
What are my responsibilities?
It's up to you to use OfficeSurfer responsibly. We recommend
that you use it on your own time (such as a lunch break) and
for sites that do not violate company policy. For instance,
if you're a researcher and need unfettered access to the Internet
to do your job, this may be a solution for you. Or if you're
receiving work-related email at a personal web-mail account,
OfficeSurfer might be able to help. Remember: you're solely responsible
for your activities and you should read and understand
the BadBlue End User License Agreement
if you have questions about liabilities, responsibilities, etc.