DNSWatchGO Content Filter Policies

Content filter policies are not enabled by default. If you want to filter content available to users, you must create a new policy. If you delete a policy used by a network or DNSWatchGO Client, the content filter is turned off for that device or network.

In addition to DNSWatch protection from malicious domains based on intelligence feeds, you can use policies to block domains in selected content categories on protected networks and devices. You can create multiple policies to meet the needs of your different networks. Each protected network and the DNSWatchGO Client can use a different policy.

DNSWatchGO Content Filtering is not available on Fireboxes. For additional information about how to limit website access with a Firebox, see About WebBlocker

For example, you have two branch offices with separate protected networks and all laptops have the DNSWatchGO Client installed. You can create a different policy for each branch office network or assign the same policy to both networks. You can also create a separate policy to use with the DNSWatchGO Client when the laptops are not on a protected network.

You can create and apply these types of policies:

  • Protected network policy — This policy is assigned to a protected network to filter requests for content in the specified categories. If the marketing and sales teams are on a separate network, you might want to allow them to access social media and streaming media but restrict those categories for other users on a different network.
  • DNSWatchGO Client policy — This policy is used by the DNSWatchGO Client when users are not connected to a protected network. You might want to allow domains categorized as social media and streaming media for users who are traveling and not on the network but block those domains for users who are on the protected network. You can designate only one policy as the DNSWatchGO Client policy.

Some top-level content categories include subcategories. In the Edit Policy page, click the arrow next to a top-level category name to select subcategories. Top-level categories include more than the domains of the subcategories they contain. Top-level categories include websites that fit the description of the category, but do not fit the description of any subcategory. For a complete list of available categories and descriptions, see About DNSWatch Content Filter Categories.

Create a New Policy

DNSWatch does not filter content by default. If you want to filter or block the content available to your users, you must create a new policy. You can create multiple DNSWatch policies to use with your protected networks and DNSWatchGO.

Edit a Policy

You can edit policies as your needs change.

Apply a Policy to a Network

It is easy to apply a policy to a network from the policy page. This allows you to apply a single policy to multiple networks at one time. You can also choose the policy when you first configure the network.

Delete a Policy

If you do not use a policy, you can delete it.

See Also

About DNSWatchGO Client

About DNSWatchGO Protected Networks

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