WatchGuard Internet Safe Search

Lock safe search in. Keep children safe online.

Because a "safety mode" option is available in most major Internet search tools, schools may think they have the protection they need from inappropriate content delivered over their networks. But that option is not enough to ensure students are safe.

These built-in Internet safe search capabilities (for example, Google Safe Search and Lock Safe Search) must be set for each browser and can be controlled at the individual device level. They are only as effective as the loopholes they introduce.


Easily deploy school-wide enforcement of Internet Safe Search policies.

WatchGuard Safe Search Enforcement is part of the firewall operating system in all WatchGuard UTM appliances.* This feature overrides personal browser settings, enabling IT administrators to make Safe Search compulsory on the school network.

This is especially useful for schools and libraries in the US that must lock down Internet search results to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).


How It Works

School IT administrators only need to click a single checkbox in the XTM OS interface to set safe search policy at the gateway, overriding whatever preference their users set in their browsers.

  • Filters both content and images
  • Works with any browser
  • All major search engines are covered, including Google, Bing, Yahoo, and
  • Reinforces safety mode on YouTube to filter out objectionable content and comments – something other safe search products cannot do!
  • Because it is part of the XTM OS, WatchGuard Safe Search Enforcement requires no additional purchase.

*Appliances must be running Fireware XTM OS 11.4.1 or higher to activate WatchGuard Safe Search Enforcement.


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