Posted by Dana Balaštíková, Last modified by Dana Balaštíková on 14 October 2020 02:52 PM
Safetica Supervisor is a discontinued module previously available in Safetica Management Console. New users can find alternatives to Supervisor features Application control and Web control here and to Print control here.
Supervisor features allow you to block access to dangerous or illegal websites and the use of unproductive or malicious applications. It can also block the use of non-allowed printers (network, physical or virtual), thus eliminating extensive printing or use of specific printers.
Switching to WebSafetica
WebSafetica offers a simpler and more modern version of Web control and Application control. Existing users of Safetica Supervisor can switch these features to the web console and deactivate them in the desktop console. Deactivation is necessary to prevent conflicts of settings.
To activate Supervisor features in WebSafetica:
The features will be deactivated in the desktop Safetica Management Console and you will only see a note about the fact that you are using the improved version in WebSafetica.
You can change the categorization of individual applications or websites in Maintenance > Categories. Just click Browse database and select a category.
Important: Safetica Client checks and remembers the category of a website when you first access it, and this process may take a few seconds. When you access a website from a blocked category, the first access may not be blocked because the category of the website is not known yet. Every following attempt will be blocked correctly. This is a by-design behavior.
Supervisor Web control allows you to block access to specific websites. You can also block all websites and allow access to a specified list of URLs.
The Web control feature can be set to three default states:
Caution: These settings apply not only to web browsers, but also to other applications that access the internet. If any of your applications have trouble with updates or other network communication, check the Web control records to see whether this action has not been blocked.
How to add a rule
Rules can be configured for a specific website of for a whole category of websites. To add a new rule:
Note: When selecting a category, all web addresses that fall into that category are included in the rule.
4. Click OK and then click in the upper right corner of the screen.
For each address in the list, you can choose the level on which the URL rule will be applied. For example, if you enter www.safetica.com, you will see the following options after clicking into the Details column:
When entering addresses, you can use the wildcard * (asterisk) symbol, which stands for any string. For example, when you enter *auto*, the rule will apply to all addresses that include the string auto.
If you don't want to use the default Safetica blocked site template, you can redirect blocked websites to a webpage of your choice.
You can find a video of Web control here.
Learn how to set up an exception from restricted websites for specific users here.
In the Visualization mode of Web control, you can see records of users that tried to visit specific blocked websites.
Supervisor Application control provides prevention and protection from launching unauthorized applications and ensures the integrity of controlled applications. You can easily define rules for blocking individual applications or application categories across the entire company.
How to add a new rule
To create a new rule for desktop applications, follow these steps:
You can find a video of Application control setting here.
In the Visualization mode, you can see records of blocked and executed applications, the users that run them, and also other details.
Supervisor Print control allows you to control selected printers and/or to limit the number of printed pages. You will also learn which protected documents were blocked by Safetica.
Print control on printers
This section is split into two tables. In both of them, there is a list of printers divided into three categories – physical, virtual, or network printers. The right table contains all available printers which are connected to a computer with Safetica Client. The left table contains printers for which you want to set up a rule. You can choose from the following options:
You can move printers between the two tables using the arrow buttons. Right-clicking a printer in the right table allows you to rename the printer or change its type (physical or virtual).
In the lower part of the table, you can find a search field. Found text will be highlighted in the table. Clicking the X next to the search field will cancel the highlighting.
Print quota per user
In this section, you can set up detailed printing quotas along with the actions to be taken if the quota is exceeded.
Attention: Quotas do not apply to printing from virtual printers. They are applied only to physical and network printers.
For quotas, you can choose from the following options:
Action taken after quota runout – here you can choose the action that will be carried out once the quota is exceeded. You can choose from the following actions: Allow current print completion or Send an alert.