Should Coffee Shops Filter Their Patrons’ Wifi?

Should Coffee Shops Filter Their Patrons’ Wifi?

How establishments can protect their brand and block harmful internet content from being accessed through guest WiFi Coffee shops, kid-friendly restaurants and shopping malls attract lots of young families. With hundreds of kids and teenagers all connecting to the establishment’s guest wifi, as management you need to make sure that they experience a safe environment … ..

Stranger, meet WiFi

Stranger, meet WiFi

The not-so-sexy risks of having unprotected Airbnb networks A solid Wifi connection is now considered essential by most guests looking for a short-term rental on Airbnb.  Most hosts, especially in cities, will find that their booking requests drop dramatically if internet is not included.  Still, that doesn’t mean that handing over your WiFi password to ..

New: Bandwidth Monitoring

Rawstream for Windows now tracks users’ bandwidth usage. Reporting usage in real-time, the new Bandwidth report charts total bandwidth on a daily basis as well as the top categories for the chosen day. You can drill down further: click on a category to bring up per-user bandwidth consumption. Actionable Reporting Showing consumption by category makes ..

Rawstream is a member of the Internet Watch Foundation

      We’re happy to announce that Rawstream is an Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) member. The IWF is a non-profit founded to make the internet safer by removing images of child sexual abuse.   The internet is an amazing place and wonderful resource for learning, but it is also host to dangerous and violent ..

Managing Email Preferences

When you create a Rawstream account we send a daily summary email with key charts and data. By default we send the email to the email address used to sign up for Rawstream. If you want to add or remove emails to the list that will be sent the daily email you can simply do ..

Guest WiFi Analytics

Guest WiFi is widespread with literally millions of access points deployed throughout retail, hospitality, education and other industries. Knowing how many visitors connect, return visitors and similar data is valuable and there are products out there which can do this. All such products on the market today require an on-premise deployment: either an (expensive) hardware ..

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 ..