Lightspeed Systems is a filtering program infamous for throttling and poor categorization. It was founded in 1999 and the company is located in Austin, Texas. Just like iBoss, it is often used in schools that facilitate using Chromebooks.
Why It's Rotten
- Very inconsistent categorization: Tumblr is classified as "porn", while vShare, a piracy website is categorized as "forums" manually. The bot or the staff cannot decide properly which categories go where for sites. The "mature" is also used for mixed content such as YouTube and other categories. Some sites that are literally mind blowing get approved for commonly unblocked categories, while some sites get false positives such as fake categorization.
- It is known to sometimes throttle or slow down the connection, causing things to stall.
- Some of the filtering infrastructures are open proxies, leading to Wikipedia to block them as "blocked proxy: port number". There's yet to be an incident that involved one of these filtering proxies get an "ipv4.google" error (as some of the proxies can be found via proxy lists).
- They classified Google Translate as "proxy" when the proxy information is coming from "translate.googleusercontent".
- Terrible staff, they can go big or go small on categorization for sites, and they usually cannot make up their minds.
- They even block images making some websites not pleasant to look at since the pictures that are blocked are replaced with a grey background with a blue no circle.
LightSpeed Systems has been majorly disliked by students, due to its slow speeds and throttling. It even was a target by many students to try and develop ways to bypass it via exploiting their Chromebooks such as trying to enter developer mode or dismantling it to factory reset it, although it was a lot like the gimmicks some people did with their Xbox 360 to try and fix the Red Ring of Death.
- There's an category called "access denied", which is for websites that hide their content behind a login wall. No known websites so far hide their content behind a login screen.