Our longstanding partnership with the Internet Watch Foundation has allowed us to prevent access to inappropriate content which promotes child abuse. Today, we are adding Project Arachnid, a similar organization in Canada which is committed to stopping child sexual abuse. Because we believe in child safety, both of these policies are enforced automatically for all customers.
As of today, DNSFilter users now have the most comprehensive SafeSearch on the market! We've added DuckDuckGo and SafeSearch to the list of providers. This means that you can enforce moderated content on these search engines. If you are an Education customer, this expands the search options that students can access - while still remaining CIPA compliant.
A Google Chrome feature called Data Compression Proxy (DCP) could be used to circumvent filtering policies if it is turn on in Android phones.
This week we made it possible to disable DCP. All you have to do is block "Proxy & Filter Avoidance in your policy settings.
For more information, check out our article on Preventing Circumvention.
CSV Export of Whitelist/Blacklist entries is now live in the dashboard. This ensures that customers have complete data portability for their Whitelists/Blacklists. For Managed Services Providers, this will allow you to reuse your baseline configuration across the organizations that you manage.
DNSFilter believes in providing top-rated security for our users. This week, we’re happy to announce a new update to our AI scanner. This new release uses our artificial intelligence system in a new way, allowing us to detect threats which pretend to be well-known legitimate sites.
Our Chat & Instant Messaging category has been renamed to Webmail & Chat in order to more accurately reflect how we classify content in this category. This provides as much clearer message to our customers that they can block webmail with one click. (No action is required for existing policies. We've respected your current settings.)
We just released version 1.1 of our Windows User Agent. This is a bugfix release that improved the agent's ability to shutdown and restore settings gracefully during ACPI events, respect local domains and subdomains, and also features minor enhancements to logging and tray icon behavior. This new release demonstrates our commitment to ensuring your users can stay connected and filtered wherever they are.
The full list of changes is below:
- Modified log output to display version upon startup, adapter interface names, connection failure over specific ports/protocols. Moved route interface data to DEBUG log level.
- Added LOCALDOMAINS command-line parameter to specify additional local domains to the agent at install time.
- Changed tray icon to show last connected time and status.
- Fixed RFC1918 local domains list, changed sub-domain level local domain list to include domain-level local domains as well.
- Implemented PRE_SHUTDOWN code that initiates a graceful shutdown of the agent prior to windows shutdown. This fixes issue by some customers with blank DNS settings upon reboot, a hung agent upon Windows startup, and some failures to start the agent service.
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