Lightspeed is proud to make the Web Filter 3 general release available to all customers. This is the biggest Web Filter release to date, with more than 100 improvements and features you need — plus some you didn’t even know you need — to help students explore the Web safely and efficiently.
From the moment you log in, you’re going to see amazing new changes to your Web Filter, such as the sleek new user interface. But there are so many new things to look forward to in version 3.
Here are the top 7 reasons you need to upgrade to Web Filter 3 now.
1. Get faster notifications on system issues and updates.
Before Web Filter 3: In version 2 of Web Filter, administrators needed to log into each server to know about critical system issues — like lack of memory or CPU, a license about to expire, an unplugged network cable or release of a new update.
Now: Web Filter 3’s notification center gives you instant news on network issues. Click the bell icon in the top right corner of your dashboard to get a quick list of all your notifications, or quickly scan the System Health widget — if any services are down, they’ll immediately jump to the top of the list and display a red icon.
Not logged into your dashboard? No problem. You can get immediate alerts about system issues and product updates by signing up for notification emails. In your profile settings, navigate to the dropdown menu next to Notifications, and select Log and Email Alerts.
Get efficient updates on critical system issues through the notification Center (above right) and System Health widget (below left).
2. Know what’s happening on your network in a glance.
Before Web Filter 3: Previously, admins needed to go into each of their custom reports to get a sense of network activity and drill down for more detail.
Now: In Web Filter 3, a quick scan of your dashboard will tell you what’s happening on your network. First, you’ll see a live graph of network traffic and search queries. Then you’ll see widgets including data on recent search queries.
The Recent Search Queries widget
You’ll also notice the new Manage Widgets option in the bottom left corner, which lets you add and organize your own, custom widgets.
Click Manage Widgets to add custom widgets to your dashboard.
3. Generate live custom reports.
Before Web Filter 3: In the previous version of the filter, users had to rerun their custom reports if they needed to refresh the data.
Now: Make any custom report live with only two clicks! Select Reports in the left menu, then click on Web Filter: Details and Activity Logs. Set the filters for your report under Data Options. Then, go to the date picker at the top of the page and select Live, then click the Generate Report button (bottom right). Now, your report will constantly update and bring in new results.
Here’s what a live report looks like in Web Filter 3.
4. Save all your backups to the cloud.
Before Web Filter 3: Prior to this release, users needed to rely on local configuration backups in the event of a hardware failure. The local backup would then need to be copied to the new server.
Now: Web Filter 3 users have the option to save their configuration backups to our cloud. With cloud backups, you can simply fire up your new machine, retrieve the backup from the cloud, and restore the configuration — so easy!
From Settings, Select Backup & Restore under Appliance. From the Data drop-down menu, choose Configuration Only and hit the Backup Now button. If you need to restore a configuration, scroll down to Cloud Backups, then select the backups you want. A popup menu will show all your backups by date and time, which you can then download or restore.
5. Simplify decryption of SSL sites.
Before Web Filter 3: SSL decryption presented difficulties on the strictest websites and browsers, confusing end users with multiple pop-up warnings, among other issues.
Now: Web Filter’s SSL decryption has been enhanced to be compatible with these websites and browsers, significantly improving the end user experience. Thanks to enhancements on our backend, teachers and students who use the proxy will get fewer warnings and experience fewer issues when accessing encrypted sites. We’ve also added transparent proxy through the bridge.
6. Easily roll back changes on audit reports.
Before Web Filter 3: In older versions of Web Filter, audit reports were fixed; if you made a configuration change, it wasn’t possible to roll back the change.
Now: Wish you had an ‘undo’ button for configuration changes? You’re in luck. From the Settings tab, under Global, you’ll see Auditing. If you make a change or add a rule set, and later want to undo it, go to the Action column and select Rollback.
7. Change appliance roles — without rebuilding your server.
Before Web Filter 3: Until now, if you wanted to add an appliance or cluster, or change an appliance role, you needed to do so in the Parent/Child tab. Then, the user needed to completely rebuild the server.
Now: If you need to add appliances or make changes to existing appliances, simply change the role from the configuration server and you’re done. Go to the Settings tab, then select Cluster under the Global menu. From here, you can select Create Cluster or Join Cluster.