What is "Safe Search" for OmniWAN?

Within the Zones tab of the MDSManager portal, there is an option near the bottom labelled "Safe Search". By turning this on, you will change your customer's DHCP network settings to force them to use our private DNS servers. Keep in mind that this option is only available to you if you have chosen to use the OmniWAN's built-in DHCP server. If you have your own DHCP server on-site, this option will not change any settings on your local network.


What Does Safe Search Do?

OmniWAN's DNS servers are configured to force safe search on all Google, Yahoo, and Bing searches to protect customers from viewing potentially unsuitable material and images. A pretty common issue among search engines is that they aggregate and send results/images directly from their URL instead of the URL they were collected from. As such, regardless of the level of filtering, unsuitable material can make its way through the filter. Forcing safe search on these search engines mitigates this, and keeps customers from accidentally viewing unsuitable material.


When Should I Consider Enabling Safe Search?

If the OmniWAN is set up for a business or school, we highly recommend enabling Safe Search to keep employees/children from being able to access unsuitable material.


Enabling Safe Search

In order to enable Safe Search, click the slider at the top right of the card to turn it "On". Once completed, click the link "Set DNS Now". This will change the DNS servers under the "DHCP" card to and Click the "Save" button at the bottom of the page to apply the settings to the OmniWAN. Once saved, any devices currently connected to the OmniWAN will need to be rebooted in order to pull the updated DNS servers from the DHCP

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