Filtering Mobile Devices with the Cloud Filter


The Lightspeed Systems Rocket Web Filter and Cloud Filter solutions both include the ability to filter mobile devices on and off the network. Our mobile filtering solutions communicate with the Rocket Web Filter or Cloud Filter to evaluate traffic, enforce policies, and report on activity.
A solution for every device:

  • -Mac OS
  • -Windows
  • -iOS
  • -Chrome
  • -Android
  • -Linux

Cloud vs On-Prem Mobile Device Filtering

We offer web filtering solutions with hardware on-premises at the district or entirely in the cloud. Both solutions are able to filter all network devices and mobile devices on or off the network.

How Mobile Filtering Works with an On-Premise Rocket

The mobile filtering agent or extension communicates Internet-browser requests from the remote computer to a Rocket appliance at the district. In turn, the Rocket references the URL requests with its content database and rule sets and either allows the request to be processed or sends a blocking and redirect message to the user. In this way acceptable use policies are consistently enforced for users alternately attached to the local network and working remotely.

It works from any location, with any type of Internet connection, without the need for a VPN.

How Mobile Filtering Works in the Cloud

The mobile filtering agent or extension communicates Internet-browser requests from the remote computer to the district’s Cloud Filter. In turn, the Cloud Filter references the URL requests with its content database and rule sets either allows the request to be processed or sends a blocking and redirect message to the user. In this way acceptable use policies are consistently enforced for users alternately attached to the local network and working remotely.

It works from any location, with any type of Internet connection, without the need for a VPN.

Mobile filtering features

Lightspeed Systems can filter every device type with our Rocket Web Filter and our Cloud Filter — but the specific features vary, depending on what the manufacturer allows.

A solution for every device:

  • -Mac OS X 10.XX+: Use Mac Mobile Filter agent + user agent
  • -Windows 7+: Use Windows Mobile Filter agent + LMA
  • -iOS 9+: Use Mobile Filter for iOS app
  • -Other iOS: Global Proxy
  • -Chrome: Use Chrome mobile filter extension + Chrome user extension
  • -Android: Use the Browser for Android
  • -Linux: Use Linux mobile filter agent + user agent
  • -Other/BYOD/Guest: With an on-premise Rocket, we filter any network traffic as it goes through the filter (even if an agent is not installed); with a Cloud Filter, our DNS cloud filter allows you to filter and ensure CIPA compliance on devices without an agent.

The following chart identifies which features are offered by each OS-specific mobile filtering agent/extension.

Unless otherwise noted, each of these features is supported for both a Rocket Web Filter implementation or a Cloud Filter implementation.[raw]

The Lightspeed Systems Mobile Filter supports a variety of operating systems, including Mac, iOS, Windows, Android,  Chrome, and Linux.

The Mobile Filter offers a variety of features. The following chart identifies which features are offered by each OS-specific Mobile Filter.

Feature

iOS

OS X

Windows

Chrome

Linux

Force Registration
Block on Fail
Block Page*
Transparent Authentication
Google DNS redirect
Server Fail Over**
SSL Filtering***
Auto Tier Binding
Filter Image Search Thumbnails
Force Safe Search
Disable Google Auto-complete

 

*-Due to iOS restrictions, the iOS Mobile Filter can only display a built-in block page, which cannot be customized. 

**-All versions support server fail over, but the Chrome Mobile Filter will only failover properly on service failures.

***-All versions support SSL Filtering, but only the Chrome Mobile Filter will see all TLS traffic.