Configuring WiFi Content Filtering

Configuring WiFi content filtering will boost the cybersecurity profile of your group and alleviate the sleepless night you may have been having in relation to having your data stolen in a data breach.

As people on site in your offices will be logging on to your network from their mobile you need to take responsibility in relation to what you allow to be viewed. Content filtering allows you to do this by disabling access to web pages that are known to spread Internet and email viruses.

Along with improving security profiles, businesses and organizations can also take advantage of content filtering for WiFi hotspots to save bandwidth, evolve the customer experience, and drive productivity in the office. So there is a commercial gain, along with a security gain, to be had from investing in a WiFi content filtering system.

These content filters operate though cutting off access to malicious content and threats. This takes place thanks to a system of unified threat management which you can change in order to meet your specific requirements using blacklists and SURBL/URIBL filters, category filters and keyword filters.

Blacklists prevent web pages known to host malware from being visited. SURBL and URIBL filters go a step further by stopping browsers logging onto other pages like this using the IP address of the website. Category filters, which can be created by anyone with the correct network authorization, can be used to turn off access to categories of Internet content. Finally, Keyword filters give you the power of managing access to websites containing specific words so that administrators can shut down access to certain types of Internet content without blocking an entire category. An added bonus is the ability to block the downloading of certain file types.

These mechanisms kick into gear when a request to view a web page is registered on the WiFi network. If they request it to view a website marked as unsafe or forbidden then it will not be processed and a message is sent to the person trying to log onto it. Users can request to have special access to the web page by contacting the network administrator.

With this solution the filtering parameters can be assigned to individual users, user groups or universally/globally.

If you set up a publicly-accessible and content filtered WiFi network then you are providing a most welcome service for customers and potential clients. Not only are you allowing safe browsing, for you and the customers, you are also making your place of business an attractive point to visit and more likely destination of an impulse buyer. Thanks to the level of control over what can be viewed on your WiFi network there will be much less risk of a cyber attack on your databases or the devices of your customers. This enhances your company’s reputation and is something that you can use in marketing campaigns.

If you opt to configure a WiFi content filtering solution you will be allowing risk free internet browsing and a family friendly environment, safe for children.