Content Filtering

This feature is currently only available for Fingbox Business beta users.

With the content filtering capability of Fingbox, you can be assured that those on your network can browse the Internet safely and securely. When enabled on Fingbox, content filtering can protect users from inappropriate, offensive or undesirable content rather than blocking the domain.

How is Content Filtering done?

To allow Fingbox to advertise the correct DNS service to devices on your network, it will need to become the DHCP server, allocating IP addresses to all devices that present themselves on your network. Once this is active, all traffic to and from the Internet passes through Fingbox which automatically scans the traffic to determine whether the policies are met and the data/content delivered. All this is done in real-time.

Access and restrictions are configured through a whitelist and blacklist, managed through the Fingbox app. For ease of configuration, domains are allocated to categories – for example, all gambling websites are under one category so they all become blocked as a group of sites. You can also provide specific exceptions to the categories where required – for example, you may block social media but then whitelist one specific site from this category to allow access to it.

Enabling DNS Filtering for Content Management

Before enabling the DNS filter on Fingbox, you should first disable the DHCP service on your router. It is recommended that any devices configured with static IP addresses are recorded prior to disabling DCHP on your router.

To configure Fingbox as the DHCP server, go to ‘Enable Cyber Security’ under the Network tab, and click ‘Go Ahead’. Fingbox will now enable DHCP services automatically. During this configuration step, your Fingbox will assign itself a static IP address and complete a reboot so all settings are effective.

Once the configuration is complete, you can click the button to ‘Enable DNS Filtering’ under the Network tab.

Should any other DCHP server be detected by Fingbox after this process, a warning will be shown in the Fing app.

If you are having difficulties with this step please contact us on support@fing.io.

Managing Your Content Filtering

Fingbox, presents information in the Fing app to allow the user to manage the filtering rules. Visit the People tab and you will find a Content Filtering section.

a screenshot of the content filtering feature of Fingbox

Here you can easily Block Advertisements and Enforce Safe Search to different levels. You can also manage when websites are filtered by clicking on Sites Analyzed.

Once you have clicked on Sites Analyzed you will see a summary of the websites that have been blocked. Statistics are shown to highlight the top allowed and top blocked sites.

By selecting specific domains, you can review the categories they are associated with. From here, you can also whitelist (allow) or blacklist (block) the domain.

To edit your filtering click on Edit in the top right-hand corner.

a screenshot of the categories in the fingbox content filtering feature

All categories are displayed with a description of their purpose to help you determine whether the category should be allowed or blocked. To block them simply click the ‘Disabled’ button next to them and this will change to ‘Enabled’. Make sure to Save your changes!

Have you seen that the Fingbox DNS Filtering can also block cyber threats to the network? Check it out.

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