Kenilworth Update Improves Authentication on Smoothwall Web Filter
Jun29

Kenilworth Update Improves Authentication on Smoothwall Web Filter

The latest update to the Smoothwall web filter sees improvements made to authentication and safeguarding, along with the option of adding a Google sign-in button to the login page to allow access with a single click. One of the main features to be added to the Smoothwall’s secure web gateway web filter by the Kenilworth update is the incorporation of IDex identity indexing, which makes the process of authenticating users far simpler. IDex is also a more scalable identity checking mechanism that authentication. IDex does not depend on a connection to domain controllers for authenticating users and there are no delays to user access with this new identification system. At the heart of IDex is the IDex Directory – a database housed on a Smoothwall appliance that contains all the necessary user identity information. IDex Directory records the username, IP address, groups, and logged-in timestamp for each user, and integrates that information with all Smoothwall services that require identity verification. Data are also replicated across nodes. Workstations have the IDex Client running...

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Smoothwall Inverness Update Sees Improvements Made to Safeguarding and Firewall
Mar14

Smoothwall Inverness Update Sees Improvements Made to Safeguarding and Firewall

The Inverness update to Smoothwall products sees several improvements made to the firewall and Safeguarding features to improve usability. The changes made to the firewall include a new user interface that clearly displays all firewall rules, together with the configuration specified for each. The rules are also displayed in groups of similar rules to make administration easier. Configuring and editing firewall rules has also been simplified with a new pop-up that requires fewer clicks. Objects can be created and used for groups of IP addresses and services, with one rule applying to several different addresses. Objects can also be reused for other rules. Improvements have also been made to the firewall log viewer, incorporating more information on the screen to make it quicker and easier for users to find the information they need. Details of specific connections can also be found more easily thanks to a new log filter system. The web filter benefits from two new filtering categories – Web Hosting and Collaboration Software. The Web hosting category includes sites that offer...

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Smoothwall Releases Glamis Product Update
Jul05

Smoothwall Releases Glamis Product Update

The latest product update from Smoothwall – named Glamis – sees several changes to improve speed and usability of its system, with key changes made to safeguarding, malware detection, and reporting. New filtering categories have been added to the Guardian web filter engine covering ‘APIs and web libraries’ (excluding CDNs), and ‘Computing’. Computing covers the websites of tech companies, sites relating to programming languages, and news from the computer industry. Note that this category excludes computer games, which are covered by the online games and computer games categories. The web filter also sees Smoothwall change its malware detection engine to Bitdefender. Bitdefender often tops industry malware detection lists and was chosen for the excellent level of protection it provides and the comprehensive range of file types covered. Other advantages are an increased maximum file size that can be scanned (1GB). The update to the malware detection engine requires the downloading of Bitdefender signatures. This will happen automatically, but the download will take serval minutes to...

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Smoothwall Framlingham Update Introduces Google as a Directory Service
Mar08

Smoothwall Framlingham Update Introduces Google as a Directory Service

Smoothwall has released its Framlingham update, making several changes to authentication, implementing an easier way to filter the Internet on Chromebooks, as well as enhancements to safeguarding and reporting. Thanks to a new directory type, it is now possible for filtering on Chromebooks to be based on Google Apps memberships without having to use GADS to link an Active Directory to Google. System administrators can map Smoothwall groups to Google groups allowing Smoothwall content filtering policies to be applied to Google groups. Synchronization does not occur automatically when a user logs in via their Google account, instead this is performed on demand via the click of a button. In this release a single domain can be set up although, in future updates, Smoothwall will add support for subdomains to allow group mapping by organizational units. This release also sees improvements made to Connect for Chromebooks, removing several of the setup steps. It is now optional for verification checks against the Google authentication service to be performed, although the verification...

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Smoothwall Web Filter Edinburgh Update Make Use Easier
Jan12

Smoothwall Web Filter Edinburgh Update Make Use Easier

have also been made to the administrative User Interface to make it more aesthetically pleasing. Users will notice several changes to the layout of the administrative User Interface. The main navigation menu has been moved to the top of the page, and the menu system has been changed to allow users to view and navigate between all items in the section showing users exactly where they are in the product. In addition to making navigation easier, the changes will support future product updates. Context-sensitive help is also displayed on the page, providing hints and tips while performing certain actions. When viewing the filtering reporting sections, users will now be able to see the amount of time a user has spent browsing a particular domain. Certificate management has been improved with the creation of a new certificate management page, making it easier for users to create, delete, import, and export certificates. Certificates are included for MITM for decrypting HTTPS sessions to enable content to be filtered, for user facing HTTPS services, and Global Proxy. Establishing a single...

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