Internet Browse Time Reports: How do they work?
- Article Number: 000011735
- Products: Forcepoint URL Filtering, Forcepoint Web Security, TRITON AP-WEB, Web Filter & Security, Web Security Gateway, Web Security Gateway Anywhere, Web Security and Web Filter, Websense Enterprise
- Version: 8.5, 8.4, 8.3, 8.2, 8.1, 8.0, 7.8, 7.7, 7.6, 7.5, 7.3, 7.1, 7.0
- Last Published Date: March 12, 2019
Notes & Warnings
Internet Browse Time is not based on:
How does Internet Browse Time Reports work and what data do they contain?
Calculating a user's Internet browse time is challenging, because it is difficult to determine whether the user is actually reading the page, just opening or closing the browser, performing another task in a different application with the browser open, or possibly away from the desk entirely with the browser open.
Forcepoint software makes a reasonable approximation of Internet browse time (IBT) based on:
Forcepoint reporting tools combine Internet requests into sessions. A session includes all Internet requests from a particular user where the time between any two requests is less than the Read Time Threshold (3 Minutes by default).
5/6/2018 6:05:10 AM http://www.espn.com
Suppose the user reads this page, and then stops making any Internet requests for more than 3 minutes (the duration of the Read Time Threshold). Because this break is larger than the Read Time Threshold, the requests shown above are all considered part of one session.
A new session is created for the next group of Internet requests made by the same user. This includes having multiple web pages open at the same time. If one webpage is open to Facebook and another webpage is open to YouTube, then these are two different sessions and will be calculated separately. They will not be grouped together into one session.
In addition to using the concept of a session, the IBT calculation excludes data collected for categories that generate a lot of superfluous Internet usage data and for protocols other than HTTP and HTTPS. Browse time calculations also exclude the records generated when a site has been blocked. This is done in an attempt to make the calculated IBT values as accurate as possible.
The categories currently not used for IBT calculations are:
Also, the filters for reports defined to show IBT do not include the categories, protocols or actions that are not used for IBT calculation. This is also the case when a Browse Time report is used to define a new report. When a predefined IBT report is selected for editing, the filters are limited to the categories, protocols and actions used for IBT calculation.