Mako Guardian Overview

This topic is ONLY relevant to security gateways. It is NOT relevant to managed switches.


Figure 1.  Services Menu

The Configure section in the left navigation of the Central Management System (CMS) contains a Services menu (Fig. 1).  The Mako Guardian item contains the following submenus.You must have a valid Mako Guardian license in order to use Mako Guardian.  See the Licenses documentation for details.

Sites


Figure 2.  Mako Guardian Sites Submenu

Categories

The Site Categories page allows you to enable or disable Mako Guardian for the selected Mako and to manage Site Category rules that can be used to allow or deny access to groups of websites.

Custom Sites

The Custom Sites page allows you to manage Custom Site rules and Custom Banned URL Expression rules, which can be used to allow or deny access to specific websites or web pages from the selected Mako when Mako Guardian is enabled.

Custom Categories

The Custom Categories page allows you to manage Custom Site Categories that can be used in Site Category rules on the Mako Guardian Site Categories page.  Custom Site Categories are available to all of your company’s Makos.  It does not matter which Mako you are currently configuring.

Phrases


Figure 3.  Mako Guardian Phrases Submenu

Categories

The Phrase Categories page allows you to manage Phrase Category rules that can be used to allow or deny access to websites from the selected Mako when Mako Guardian is enabled.  Phrase Category rules filter websites based on phrases found in their content.

Custom Phrases

The Custom Phrases page allows you to manage Custom Phrase rules that can be used to allow or deny access to websites with content containing specific words or phrases.  You can choose to allow, deny, or weight phrases.

Users and Groups


Figure 4.  Mako Guardian Users and Groups Submenu

Options

The Options page is where you can configure the User Authentication Mode (proxy mode) for Mako Guardian on the selected Mako.  Choosing a non-anonymous proxy mode requires users to login before they can browse websites, which allows Mako Guardian to control web access by user rather than just by IP address.

Local Users

The Local Users page allows you to manage Local User accounts for accessing websites through Mako Guardian on the selected Mako.

Groups

The Groups page allows you to customize Mako Guardian rules to target specific Groups of users.  You can create and manage Groups, which can then be applied to rules on the selected Mako.

Advanced


Figure 5.  Mako Guardian Advanced Submenu

File Types

The File Types page allows you to manage Mako Guardian rules that ban specific MIME types and file extensions from being downloaded by users of the selected Mako.

Times

The Times page allows you to customize Mako Guardian rules based on the time of day.

Exceptions

The Exceptions page allows you to manage which IP addresses are exceptions to the Mako Guardian content filtering settings on the selected Mako.

LAN Bypass

The LAN Bypass page allows you to to bypass LANs on the selected Mako from going through the Mako Guardian proxy.

Site Bypass

The Site Bypass page allows you to specify websites that can bypass the Mako Guardian proxy from the selected Mako by entering the IP address or Network of the website in question.

Landing Page

The Landing Page allows you to present Mako Guardian users with a specific web page the first time they connect to your network on the selected Mako.

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