Activating SafeSearch on all major search engine web sites using Guardian's content modification

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Summary

This article explains how to enforce SafeSearch across all major search engines in order to help prevent unsuitable content from being presented to the user.

Problem

Many search engines provide some form of SafeSearch which when enabled aims to prevent unsuitable content from appearing in the search results. Guardian can force the use of SafeSearch on many services including Google™, Yahoo!®, Bing® and ASK™

This article will help you set up your content modification policies so that they are effective across all supported search engines.

Solution

Smoothwall provides two content modification policies to enforce SafeSearch.

Force SafeSearch

The first content modification policy is named Force SafeSearch. This policy requires a HTTPS Decrypt and Inspect policy to be most effective. If you cannot or do not wish to employ a HTTPS Decrypt and Inspect policy then Guardian will not be able to enforce SafeSearch for any search engine which uses HTTPS.

To set up the Force SafeSearch content modification policy do the following:

Ensure a HTTPS Decrypt and Inspect policy has been set up — see https://help.smoothwall.net/Latest/Content/modules/guardian3/cgi-bin/guardian/httpspolicywiz.htm
Create a content modification where the What is Everything, and that it applies Force SafeSearch — see https://help.smoothwall.net/Latest/Content/modules/guardian3/cgi-bin/guardian/contentmodpolicywiz.htm

At this point you should find that SafeSearch is enforced across all major search engines. Any attempts to disable SafeSearch will fail and it will automatically be re-enabled by Guardian.

Enable Google SafeSearch

The second content modification policy is named Enable Google SafeSearch. This policy does not require a HTTPS Decrypt and Inspect policy to work but will only enforce SafeSearch for the Google search engine.

To set up the Enable Google SafeSearch content modification policy do the following:

Create a content modification where the What is Web Search, and that it applies Enable Google SafeSearch — see https://help.smoothwall.net/Latest/Content/modules/guardian3/cgi-bin/guardian/contentmodpolicywiz.htm

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27th January 2017

Christopher Smith

 

 

 

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