Quickstart — DNSWatchGO Client

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.

DNSWatchGO protects against malicious clickjacking and phishing domains regardless of the connection type, protocol or port. You can protect any network or device with consistent policy enforcement and protection against malicious domains and phishing attempts.

With DNSWatchGO Client, you can extend the protection of DNSWatch when your users leave the safety of your network. Simply install the client application on computers that leave your network, then use the DNSWatch Web UI to configure and apply policies. DNSWatchGO takes control of the DNS requests for each device and applies both content filtering and security policies. For more information about DNSWatchGO Client deployment, see About DNSWatchGO Client

To get started with DNSWatchGO Client:

Step 1 — Download and install DNSWatchGO Client on a portable device

Step 2 — Create a content filter policy

The content filter policy blocks domains based on content categories. For more information about content filter policies, see DNSWatchGO Content Filter Policies.

Step 3 — Test DNSWatchGO Client protection

With DNSWatchGO Client installed on a portable device, such as a laptop, users cannot view domains in blocked categories or that appear in the malicious domains feed.

It is important to perform the test when the device is not connected to a DNSWatch protected network.

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:

To protect your network, configure your local DNS server to use the DNSWatch DNS servers. For more information about how to configure your network to use DNSWatch, see About DNSWatchGO Protected Networks.

See Also

About DNSWatchGO Client

DNSWatchGO Content Filter Policies

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