SafeSearch is a functionality within major search engines to limit the results of search content to be void of adult content. For more details about SafeSearch enforcement within Umbrella, please see our documentation on applying SafeSearch here.
If you are not currently applying SafeSearch in your policy settings, this article does not apply to you. If you are enforcing SafeSearch and are or are considering using Application Control settings please read on.
What are application controls in Umbrella? Application controls allow for the one-click blocking of allowing of a curated list of applications from across the web. These application settings apply over and beyond basic category settings. For more details, see our documentation on application control settings here.
SafeSearch and Application Control
When Application Control is enabled for Google properties such as Google Drive, SafeSearch control over Google Search will immediately be removed for all users of the policy. Other SafeSearch enforcement such as Bing and YouTube are not impacted unless Application Control is enabled for those services.
The following Application settings will currently disable SafeSearch for Google:
- Google Drive
- Google Hangouts and Talk
Today in the Umbrella product, there are two options to ensure that SafeSearch is able to be enforced for your policies.
- Disable any Application Control block or allow for any Google Services for any policy which requires Umbrella-enforced SafeSearch. Application Control is not compatible with SafeSearch while Google properties are enforced.
- Utilize a 3rd party application to apply localized SafeSearch
Please do not hesitate to contact Umbrella via the support portal at support.umbrella.com or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments, concerns, or requests.