What is a WinBook, and why do we like it?
Smoothwall’s Tom Newton shares his views on a new environment type emerging in these pandemic times.
Since the Covid-19 lockdown, Smoothwall’s engineers have been working with a vast amount of customers to enable remote filtering.
Where others use remote-proxy, or DNS, Smoothwall’s remote filtering technology uses a browser plugin to enable full content filtering right there in the browser. This also avoids MiTM and, in our view, provides the most accurate filtering.
We’ve been doing this consistently on Chromebooks for some time, but Windows has always been a mixed bag – the myriad deployment types have made it less simple to apply filtering. A School might have Active Directory, or Azure AD. They might have Chrome, or Edge, or one of the less popular browsers. Students might be identified by one of a number of different usernames. Sometimes we might even see older versions of Windows.