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Quickstart — Protect Networks with DNSWatch

DNSWatch is currently in beta with DNSWatchGO, a lightweight client for endpoint protection off network as well as network protection without a Firebox. Some features are only available in the DNSWatchGO beta. For DNSWatchGO beta documentation, log in to the WatchGuard Beta test community.

To protect your network from malicious sites and domains, configure DNSWatch as your DNS resolver. DNSWatch evaluates your DNS traffic and denies any requests to known malicious or filtered domains.

This feature is intended to be used with static on-premise networks without a Firebox as part of your overall network protection plan. For portable protection, install the DNSWatchGO Client on your portable devices. To provide DNSWatch protection with a Firebox, see Enable DNSWatch on Your Firebox.

Step 1 — Create content filter policies to block domains by category

Step 2 — Configure your network to use DNSWatch as your network DNS resolver:

Step 3 - Test your DNSWatch protection

To test DNSWatch protection:

  1. In your browser, go to test.strongarm.io.
  2. Confirm the correct block page appears.

If DNSWatch correctly blocks the test domain, you see this block page:

If DNSWatch does not operate correctly, you see this message:

Next Steps

To protect your devices when they are not on your network, see Quickstart — DNSWatchGO Client.

See Also

About DNSWatchGO Client

About the DNSWatch Web UI

Troubleshoot DNSWatch

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