LiveFeed SDK and Content Categorization
LiveFeed, Mailshell's cloud-based
reputation data platform, now offers comprehensive
and granular URL category databases. This functionality
allows OEMs to provide URL categorization in
addition to clear, accurate and lightweight
reputation ratings for URLs, as well as IPs,
LiveFeed offers the largest, most
accurate collection of Web site category information
available. It contains millions of unique Web
sites, broken down into more than 80 categories
in 22 languages. LiveFeed is hosted on Mailshell's
global network of data
centers, and therefore requires no client-side
maintenance or updates.
LiveFeed can be implemented successfully as
a standalone data service to power many URL
filtering solutions, it is also possible to
supplement these databases with Mailshell real-time
technologies. For pages with dynamic content
(e.g. search, social networking or blogging
sites), real-time Web page analysis is the best
way to ensure that pages are correctly categorized
and do not contain inappropriate content.
Mailshell has been perfecting
the science of real-time content analysis and
categorization for more than 10 years, resulting
in products that deliver both extremely high
levels of performance and accuracy. Mailshell's
technologies, including its content categorization
engines for OEMs, include several patented
Mailshell's LiveFeed SDK is designed
for easy and simple OEM integration. It is used
by dozens of OEMs, and powers thousands of companies
and millions of end-users security applications.
Mailshell has data
centers throughout the world including California,
Pennsylvania, the United Kingdom, Germany,
the Russian Federation, Hong Kong, China,
Japan, Singapore, Australia, Argentina and
||More than a dozen data centers
throughout the world.
|| Available on Windows, Linux
and uClinux OS.
|| Available on both MIPS and
ARM-based 32-bit and 64-bit Hardware Platforms.
The LiveFeed SDK is the single
interface used to query all of the URL category
databases, real-time categorization engines,
and reputation databases offered by Mailshell.
The requesting application passes encoded URLs
or Web content to the LiveFeed SDK which, based
on the configuration and the content being passed,
determines which services to invoke. A category
and/or reputation response is then returned
to the requesting application.
Mailshell's cloud-based security
solution uses an application server that hosts
the LiveFeed category and reputation databases
and performs database lookups. It can be run
locally, remotely over a network connection,
or in a hosted data center environment on the
Internet. The solution can be fine tuned to
meet the performance and redundancy requirements
for any deployment situation.
Key Features & Benefits
||Over 80 categories in 22
||Designed for easy and flexible
integration into any architecture on multiple
new categorized sites added annually.
||Web Categorization Database
contains millions of unique sites representing
billions of Web pages.
||OEM-only business model -
we don't compete with our partners.
||More than 10 years focus,
several patents, and expertise delivering
highly effective email and web categorization
Ability to administer various
policy controls through LiveFeed's content categorization
- protection from known phishing sites and sites
known to host malware.
Compliance/ Productivity - restrict access to
inappropriate sites, or sites impeding employee
- block unsuitable Web content.
- prevent access to sites that consume excessive
How It Works
User makes an HTTP request.
The URL is encoded and sent to LiveFeed.
LiveFeed queries Mailshell's data
centers and returns URL categorization.
1) How many
Web sites does the LiveFeed categorization database
The database contains millions
of unique Web sites, broken down into over 80
2) Can LiveFeed
categorize Web sites in non-English?
Yes, the LiveFeed categorization
database supports 22 languages, including English,
French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese,
Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian,
Hungarian, Catalan, Japanese, Chinese, Korean,
Turkish, Arabic, Polish, Czech, and Hebrew.
are new sites categorized?
The majority of newly discovered
Web sites are categorized by our automated content
rating technology, utilizing contextual pattern
recognition and analysis of page links and image
sources. Human analysts are used to supplement
the automated technology on very complex or
specialized sites, and to ensure accuracy of
the automated results.
4) What are
the average response and request sizes?
Average request size: 117 bytes
Average response size: 149 bytes
5) How is
the database maintained?
Mailshell uses a combination of
Web crawling technologies, data from domain
registrars, human content analysts and usage
data from our client base to ensure new sites
are discovered and categorized quickly. Approximately
10-15 million new sites are added and approximately
5-7 million sites are purged every year.
6) On which
platforms is LiveFeed available?
LiveFeed is available on Windows,
Linux and uClinux OS.
7) On which
hardware platforms is LiveFeed available?
LiveFeed is available on both
MIPS and ARM-based 32-bit and 64-bit hardware