Web content filter settings

Starting with iOS 7, supervised iOS devices support web content filtering. Web content filtering restricts the web sites that any browser on a supervised device can access. This feature is useful, for example, in fleet-based lock down environments, such as retail stores or schools.

Ivanti EPMM supports configuring web content filters on the Admin Portal. You can do one of the following:

  • Block access to sites containing adult content.
  • Configure the device’s set of accessible sites.

This setting does not apply to tvOS devices.

Configuring the web content filter

Procedure 

  1. In the Admin Portal, go to Policies and Configs > Configurations.
  2. Select Add New > iOS / tvOS > Web Content Filter. The New Web Content Configuration dialog box opens.
  3. Use the following guidelines to create or edit a web content configuration:

    Table 113.  Web Content Filter Configuration Settings

    Item

    Description

    Name

    Enter brief text that identifies this web content configuration.

    Description

    Enter additional text that clarifies the purpose of this web content configuration.

    Allowed Websites

    Limit Adult Content

    Select this option if you want to block access to web sites based on iOS automatic filters. These filters attempt, with a high degree of accuracy, to block websites with inappropriate content.

    Specific Web Sites Only

    Select this option if you want to manually list the accessible web sites.

    Permitted URLs

    Available only if you selected Limit Adult Content.

    These URLs are accessible even if the iOS automatic filters block them.

     

    To add a permitted URL, select +.

    To delete a permitted URL, select -.

    You can add up to 50 permitted URLs.

    URL

    Enter the permitted URL. The URL must begin with either:

    • http://

    • https://

    If you want to permit both http:// and https:// for the same site, include a row for each URL.

    All URLs for which the initial characters match the given permitted URL are accessible.

    Example:

    http://www.someCompanySite.com

    permits access to the following:

    http://www.someCompanySite.com

    http://www.someCompanySite.com/jobs

    http://www.someCompanySite.com/products

    Description

    Enter additional text that clarifies the purpose of this permitted URL.

    Blacklisted URLs

    Available only if you selected Limit Adult Content.

    These URLs are blocked even if the iOS automatic filters allow them.

     

    To add a blacklisted URL, select +.

    To delete a blacklisted URL, select -.

    You can add up to 50 blacklisted URLs.

    URL

    Enter the blacklisted URL. The URL must begin with either:

    http://

    https://

    If you want to block both http:// and https:// for the same site, include a row for each URL.

    All URLs for which the initial characters match the given blacklisted URL are blocked.

    Example:

    http://www.someCompanySite.com

    blocks access to the following:

    http://www.someCompanySite.com

    http://www.someCompanySite.com/jobs

    http://www.someCompanySite.com/products

    Description

    Enter additional text that clarifies the purpose of this blacklisted URL.

    Specific Websites

    Available only if you selected Specific Web Sites Only.

    These URLs are the only accessible sites. On Safari, they are added as bookmarks. Any existing bookmarks on Safari are disabled.

     

    To add an accessible URL, select +.

    To delete an accessible URL, select -.

    URL

    Enter the URL of a website you want to make accessible. The URL must begin with either:

    http://

    https://

    If you want to make both http:// and https:// for the same site accessible, include a row for each URL.

    If you are using the [email protected] or Secure Sign-in web clips, include an entry for the URL of Ivanti EPMM. Otherwise, these web clips cannot work.

    Name

    The title of the bookmark in Safari.

    Bookmark

    Optionally enter the folder into which the bookmark should be added in Safari.

    Example:

    /Sales/Products/

    If absent, the bookmark is added to the default bookmarks directory.

    Description

    Optionally enter additional text that clarifies the purpose of this URL.

  4. Select Save.
  5. Select the web content configuration you just created.
  6. Select Actions > Apply To Label.

  7. Select the labels to which you want to apply this web content configuration.
  8. Select Apply.

Browser impact

The web content filter feature impacts all browsers and web views on the device including:

  • Safari

    When using the option “Specific Web Sites Only”, only Safari displays the bookmarks that you specify. Other browsers do not.

  • [email protected]
  • [email protected]
  • the Secure Sign-in web clip
  • other browsers and web views

Therefore, if you use the option “Specific Web Sites Only”, be sure to include the URL for your Ivanti EPMM so that the [email protected] and Secure Sign-in web clips work.

Removing a Web content configuration from a device

A web content configuration is removed from a device when:

  • You remove the label associated with the device from the setting, and the device checks in.
  • You remove the web content configuration, and the device checks in.
  • You retire the device.

Multiple web content configurations on a device

If you apply multiple web content configurations to a device, web access works as follows:

  • The URL is accessible only if all of the web content configurations on the device allow it and none of the web content configurations block it.
  • The URL is blocked if any of the web content configurations block it.