We recently released Barracuda NG Firewall version 6.1, which includes several new features like Dynamic Mesh VPN, custom block pages, NG Remote App, and more. Today we’re going to talk about two of these new features: SafeSearch and YouTube for Schools.
Barracuda NG Firewall version 6.1 allows sysadmins to enable SafeSearch for the access rules handling web traffic. This is configured in the Application Control 2.0 settings of the access rule. SafeSearch configuration is simple, and can be further defined by criteria such as Authenticated User and Schedule Object. There’s no reason for all of your users to be restricted to SafeSearch at all times of day; you can grant varying levels of access while providing a safe computing environment for your students.
SafeSearch is supported for Google, Bing, Yahoo and YouTube search engines, which currently dominate the search engine market. Once configured, the Barracuda NG Firewall will automatically append the SafeSearch parameters to the URL when the query is forwarded to the search engine. At that point, the supported search engine handles the query according to its own SafeSearch capabilities.
YouTube for Schools
YouTube for Schools is configured directly in the access rules matching HTTP and HTTPS traffic connecting to YouTube. To configure this access rule, you must first sign up with YouTube for Schools and get a token to enter into the configuration. There’s more information about this here and here. Once the token is activated in the firewall, the configuration process is similar to SafeSearch. Create the new rule, add the desired criteria, and activate the new policy. At this point, the firewall transparently adds the YouTube for Schools restrictions to all traffic connecting to YouTube. YouTube itself honors the request and filters the search results appropriately.
Neither of these features require any work on the client side, and they are quite simple to set up in the firewall. You can safely enable search and video in the classroom within just a few minutes. See our detailed documentation here and here to get started.
For more on what’s new in Barracuda NG Firewall 6.1, check out the press release and the release notes. If you are new to the Barracuda NG Firewall, visit our corporate site here to learn more. You can order a 30-day risk-free unit to try in your own environment.