Last month we covered the basic setup of the WatchGuard WebBlocker service through the Policy Manager. This month we want to go through some of the advanced settings that are available during the setup.
Once you perform the initial configuration (Setting Up WatchGuard WebBlocker), click on the Advanced tab to see your additional options.
The first option you will see is the option to create a local override password. With this password, you can bypass a website that is denied through WebBlocker.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This Local Override password should only be used for administrative purposes. This password should never be given to users.
The next section allows you to set the timeout for connecting to the WebBlocker server. Since WebBlocker uses a third-party cloud service, it is important to keep the timeout settings set correctly so that there is no delay in the connection time. The default settings will suffice for most networks. However, if your network suffers from slow Internet speeds, you may need to increase the default 5 second setting. In that case, we recommend changing the timeout setting to 10 seconds. This will give your network extra time to resolve the website category with the WebBlocker cloud server.
The final setting is the License Bypass. By default, when the WebBlocker license expired, access to websites will be denied through WebBlocker. As long as you renew your licensing before the expiration date, this setting will not cause any issues.