These days, many websites use secured SSL Certificates when transferring data. The encoding, in HTTPS format, protects sensitive information such as login IDs and passwords from being intercepted and misused.
In order to be able to properly filter HTTPS data, you will need to configure your Rocket as a Proxy Server. If the Rocket is not configured as a Proxy Server, when a user accesses a secure HTTPS site, only the domain name (subject) in the SSL certificate will be visible to the Web Filter. Block or allow decisions can only be made based for the entire domain, rather than for URLs and URL patterns within the domain.When the Proxy Server is enabled with SSL Decryption, all HTTPS (encrypted) requests can be examined via a trusted Man-In-The-Middle proxy. When a user requests a secure website, such as a banking site, the encrypted request will be sent to the proxy server. The proxy server will then decrypt it in order to read the full URL.
In other words, enabling your Rocket as a Proxy Server allows for the most effective filtering of a variety of HTTPS sites, including all Google domains.
Learn more about SSL, Google, and real-world uses for HTTPS filtering here.
Configuring the Rocket as a Proxy Server
The Lightspeed Rocket can be easily configured as a Proxy Server. Learn how to configure the Rocket as a Proxy Server here.
Proxy Server Settings
The Proxy Server module settings page configure the various settings and functionality of the Proxy server. The Lightspeed Systems Proxy Server provides access and filtering only to devices that have been configured to use it, typically mobile devices. Learn more about Proxy Server settings here.
Additional information about Proxy Server settings is available within the Web Filter manual. Navigate the following links in order to learn how to adjust Proxy Server settings, configure Proxy Server behavior, configure Proxy Server access, upload PAC files, and other settings.