What’s the best way to identify my users?

Article #: Product Castle
KB-170 Authentication  

Summary

A guide to the different options for setting up user identification in the Smoothwall.

Problem

There are a range of different authentication and identification systems available in the Smoothwall, but which is the best for my needs?

Solution

Although we are unable to advise categorically on the best identification method for your circumstance, this table may give a guide as to the options you can consider for different circumstances:

Type of device Type of use I want to…. Recommended solution
Chromebook Given to students or users and taken home ….filter users seamlessly on or off site Connect for Chromebooks
Bring your own device (BYOD) Phones, tablets, personal laptop ….let users use their own devices in my organization BYOD
Windows workstation Desktop or laptop which doesn't leave your network ….identify the user from their login on the workstation, even behind a NAT IDex Client

Windows workstation

Laptop

Desktop or laptop which doesn't leave your network

Used on and off site

….trust the Active Directoy logs to identify my users IDex Agent
….filter users seamlessly on or off site Connect filter for Windows or Mac
Communal work-rooms Studies or libraries which are static on site and have regular user changes ….know the individual username Idex Client or Agent if Windows worksations
Communal work-rooms Studies or libraries which are static on site and have regular user changes ….let users be filtered with core filtering policies, without their individual username Identification by location
       

Attribution:

Last updated: Author: Contributions by:
10 August 2017 Suzanne Knight Chris Humby