Smoothwall Releases Seamless Single Sign-On to Ensure Instant Chromebook Filtering

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A proven leader in device filtering, Smoothwall has released Connect for Chromebooks, a new Chrome extension which combines seamless, single sign-on with content-aware web filtering to ensure centrally-managed device filtering from the moment a student logs on.

By combining the ease of single sign-on (SSO) with content-aware web filtering, Connect for Chromebooks allows Smoothwall administrators to target policies and reporting down to the individual user.

Smoothwall, Inc. has released Connect for Chromebooks, a new Chrome extension which ensures students are filtered from the moment they log on to their device. By combining the ease of single sign-on (SSO) with content-aware web filtering, Connect for Chromebooks allows Smoothwall administrators to target policies and reporting down to the individual user.

“Chromebooks are designed to be simple, affordable, and managed from the cloud,” says Phil Smith, Head of Product Management at Smoothwall, “so, we designed Connect for Chromebooks to mirror that philosophy by being seamless, centrally managed, and free to anyone with a Smoothwall system.”

Connect for Chromebooks streamlines authentication by utilizing the existing logon process instead of requiring an additional username and password to access the web. Once validated, the Chromebook logon credentials are passed securely to the centralized filtering core where authentication takes place. The unique web filtering policy for that student or group is then activated and passed back to the device. By automating the authentication process, Connect for Chromebooks not only eases user frustration, but it also prevents web filtering mishaps by making the process instantaneous.

Such a direct connection to the web filter provides students with the latest policy information possible, including policy changes happening in real time. And because Smoothwall uses a content-aware filtering engine, students get the most up-to-date protection available.

Connect for Chromebooks is easy to set up. It uses the existing directory services, to eliminate duplication of effort, and it provides the ability to deploy the SSO feature to multiple devices from one central location with the Google Admin Console. Because it is directly connected to the web filter, Connect for Chromebooks also supplies with up-to-the-minute reporting statistics to administrators, even during off hours.

Since 2001 Smoothwall has provided a content-aware web filtering solution that delivers real-time, content-aware analysis without relying on URL lists or curtailing the user experience. By allowing filtering, monitoring, and reporting on actual web content, Smoothwall keeps students and staff using The Web You Want. For more information please visit our website at http://www.smoothwall.com.

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