Gently Blocking HTTPS sites

Scary for Users. Workload for Help Desks. Users on networks with DNS-based filters blocked HTTPS sites ends up being shown a scary HTTPS certificate broken warning by the browser. This happens because the block page (hosted by the Cloud DNS provider such as Rawstream) does not have a valid SSL certificate for the blocked domain. The browser ..

How To: Redirecting blocked users to another page

In our previous blog post we talked about custom block pages. Following that post we received a question about how to redirect blocked users to a domain or page. Rawstream supports any valid HTML content as a block page, including Javascript. Using Javascript it is very simple to redirect users:   Block Page tags are ..

How To: Custom Block Pages

Block pages are shown when an attempt is made to reach a blocked site. You can use custom block pages to show a message to users, show the organization logo and direct users to contact help desk. Rawstream block pages are completely customizable: they can contain HTML, CSS, link to external resources such as images, ..

Blocking Peer-to-Peer downloads with Cloud DNS filtering

P2p downloads soak up bandwidth and expose WiFi providers to legal risk. To deal with this risk most providers make the sensible decision to install some sort of web filtering product, usually DNS based filtering because its quick and simple to install. Most web filtering software on the market attempts to block p2p by blocking ..

Rawstream launches free cloud anti-virus software, SkyAV

Rawstream launches free cloud anti-virus software, SkyAV

MAKING THE CLOUD SAFER FOR EMERGING MARKET USERS London, December 15, 2016 - Internet security company Rawstream is launching a cloud anti-virus software that meets an unmet need: protecting the cloud-based files on Dropbox for emerging market users who only use mobile devices. Best of all, this new solution, SkyAV, is free.  Said Rawstream founder Brian Azzopardi: ..

Enforce Safety Mode for YouTube With Rawstream DNS

Rawstream allows you to enforce YouTube’s Safety Mode with Rawstream DNS. Millions of hours of video are uploaded to YouTube everyday. Most content is irrelevant but some content has educational value. Use Rawstream’s Safety Mode to remove mature content and content which has been age restricted from appearing in searches, playlists or related videos. Enforcing Safety mode for YouTube with Rawstream ..

Enabling Youtube while blocking streaming media using DNS

A comment support request is how to configure Rawstream Cloud DNS to allow access to Youtube while blocking the rest of the streaming media sites. Adding youtube.com to the Allow List is not enough. YouTube hosts videos and resources across a number of domains. Here is how to block streaming media sites while allowing access to ..

Mass Archiving Users

A small but handy update to mass archive users. A “Select all users” checkbox allows you to select all users. Previously Rawstream would mark user accounts as deleted. If a deleted user shows activity a new account is created for that user. This led to a discontinuity in reporting. We have now changed this behaviour: ..

Blocking Rawstream for Chrome Gmail Signins

The Rawstream for Chrome agent requires that users sign in using a Google account. The Google account can be either the organisation’s own account or a personal Gmail account. Organisations however may prefer that users do not sign in with their Gmail accounts. We have released an update enabling IT admins to block staff from ..