Manage Content Filter Policies

DNSWatch is currently in beta with Content Filter Policies for Firebox. Some features are only available in the DNSWatch beta. For DNSWatch beta documentation, log in to the WatchGuard Beta test community.

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, Firebox, 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. The Safe Search option will help filter out explicit content in search results across multiple search engines. 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.

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 or Firebox 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 separate networks, you might want to allow them to access social media and streaming media but restrict those categories for other users. Fireboxes with DNSWatch enabled are considered to be the same as a protected network for content filter policies.
  • Client policy — This policy is used by the DNSWatchGO client when users are not connected to a protected network. You can 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 Client Policy.

Protected Networks Screen Example

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 policy. You can create multiple DNSWatch policies to use with your protected networks and DNSWatchGO client.

Edit a Policy

You can edit policies as your needs change.

Assign Policies

If you want to apply a policy to multiple networks, you can do that from the Content Filtering page. A Firebox with DNSWatch enabled is considered to be a protected 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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