Smoothwall has released a new category for use in environments where you want to block your users browsing websites that include Swimwear or Lingerie (Male or Female).
This should be used in conjunction with the Pornography category, and is designed to be used in an environment with younger users who you do not want to view Provocative Images. This category contains potentially provocative “fancy dress costumes, lingerie, underwear (male/female)”.
Smoothwall has released a new content modification called ‘Enforce Google Image Licensing’. The content modification will apply the setting ‘Labelled for reuse with modification’ which will only show images that are free to be used, shared or modified. This along with the ‘Force SafeSearch’ content modification will reduce the number of ‘nsfw’ images drastically.
The new category name ‘SafeSearch via CONNECT header [NEW]’ replaces the old category name, ‘Enable Google SafeSearch [NEW]’.
Content Modification rule to enforce SafeSearch on a limited number of Search engines via a CONNECT header rewrite, for example, google.com -> forcesafesearch.google.com. Google, Bing and Pixabay services are all supported with this content modification.
This content modification does not require any HTTPS D&I policy to be in place, but it is very limited in its coverage. Because of this we recommend Force SafeSearch Content Modification to be used as well as this covers more services but works differently in the way it enables SafeSearch, and will require a valid HTTPS D&I policy in place.
For customers who were previously using the “Enable Google SafeSearch [NEW]” category, they need not do anything as this is the exact same category, just named differently as it covers more than just Google.
More information can be found on this by Google here, or in our knowledge base articles:
Smoothwall has released a new category to help with allowing GoTo Software Suite of products through a Smoothwall. If you use GoTo Software and experience any issues with connectivity then follow the Knowledge Base article with our new category “GoTo Software Suite [NEW]” available now on your Smoothwall.
The list of URLs contained within the category has come from LogMeIn support to assure there’s only URLs in there used by the GoTo products suite.
The Leeds Release provides tools to comply with stricter Data Protection legislation, eg the GDPR. Other enhancements include support for TLS mailservers when sending Safeguarding reports and other alerts. Guardian policy changes are now written to an audit log, and the Certificate Authority is linked from the Secure Login Page such that BYOD users can configure their devices to allow Smoothwall’s SSL inspection. The Idex identification client has seen a number of improvements, particularly for larger installations and multi-tenant. Finally, the VPN subsystem compatibility and security has been improved – for example, it is now possible to connect a VPN to the Azure cloud.
New features include:
Other enhancements include:
The Kenilworth release sees the introduction of identification indexing tool IDex. Individual user identification is mandatory to comply with responsibilities for the protection and safeguarding of vulnerable users. The IDex identification indexing tool has been built with these needs in mind, as it enables reliable user identification regardless of the domain controller infrastructure. IDex is ready to go from installation, it is not reliant on a connection to domain controllers, the system ‘learns’ as users log in.
This fast deployment and no-delay user access makes it ideal for all sizes of deployment and easy to scale. IDex is designed to meet the growing need for individual user identification over traditional, less flexible authentication systems, particularly for safeguarding requirements.
The Inverness release brings enhancements to two significant areas of the product: Safeguarding and the firewall.The Safeguarding feature increases the alerting options and improves the reports to help you identify and understand any potential safeguarding breaches much quicker. As part of the ongoing development of the Safeguarding feature, the update also brings improvements to the Safeguarding Intent Engine.
As a result of customer feedback on firewall usability, we’ve completely re-designed the firewall rules system and the firewall log viewer. You will now find that the majority of the information you need to manage your firewall is now in one place.
Hearst is a massive re-write of the system to take advantage of more standard packaging (Debian). This is an essential precursor to our cloud developments that you will start to see appear in 2017.
It does have a few new features that you might want see – we have replaced the VPN system to a package with greater security and which is easier to maintain, we’ve added filtering categories for web hosting and collaborative software and we’ve also fixed the Dirty Cow vulnerability (in Hearst-2), full details can be found here.
Hearst will only be available to Limited Release Customers and therefore may not show up on your system. Everyone will receive it when they update to Inverness later in the year.
Glamis brings enhancements to popular new features including:
View our latest Video ‘What’s new in Glamis July 2016‘
Our next product update Framlingham brings new features. Introducing Google as a directory service, a new directory type to the Smoothwall. The service will provide a mechanism for customers to use their Google Apps group membership structure as a directory source for Smoothwall users and groups.
Safeguarding is a suite of Smoothwall reporting features helping schools and educational establishments with their e-safety and PREVENT responsibilities regarding internet use. SafeGuarding allows the System Administrator to run reports against users on their network for various time periods to show if they have breached any safeguarding rulesets.
Here you can download our Whitepaper on Safeguarding Features within Framlingham
The Edinburgh update brings many improvements to ease of use. It includes a revised certificate management interface for using and managing certificates, improved diagnostics for many services, a client self-installation page for the MITM certificate and improvements for redirecting a Smoothwall to a load balancer.
The Carisbrooke-1 update brings a complete overhaul of the Product Update System, a brand new Real-Time Search Terms Log Viewer and the release of Carisbrooke-2.
The Carisbrooke update brings enhancements to our multi-tenant functionality for Managed Service providers, Authentication Negotiation, and a Non-SSL Login Page and an upcoming Real-Time Search Query Viewer.
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