List of available regions
Getting started with Web Control
November 15, 2023
We are thrilled to announce the full integration of Web Control into our Business Hub, available to all Premium and Ultimate Business Security subscribers. Elevating your cyber defense strategy, Web Control empowers you to restrict access to non-essential websites and proactively blocks malicious domains, safeguarding your systems even before they connect.
About Web Control
Web Control is our latest managed web content filtering solution available in the Avast Business Hub. It operates on two distinct levels:
- Web content filtering: Administrators can define web content categories, as well as specific domains and subdomains, to regulate access from their managed devices. This feature helps prevent users from browsing or downloading content that's unrelated to work, or content that's potentially dangerous, inappropriate, or harmful. Moreover, it assists in stopping the upload of sensitive data to file-sharing web services.
- An additional layer of security: Web Control acts as an added layer of security during web browsing. It blocks devices from accessing malicious domains* even before the standard Web Shield protection activates.
* As determined by Avast’s web categorization engine.
🚀 Quick start guide
You can start using Web Control right away, provided your devices run Premium or Ultimate Business Security. Please follow the steps below:
|Before you start, please make sure both Web Shield and Real Site are enabled in the policy applied to the particular device. Also, upgrade Avast Antivirus on your devices to version 23.10 or later.
Under the Settings tab within each policy, there's a new tab labeled Web Control. It gives the admin the following options:
Your reports page (site view for multi-tenant Hubs) now contains the new Web Control report. It provides insight into the browsing behavior of the managed devices.
A new column labeled Web Control shows the status of the service on each device.
Admins can choose to receive an alert when a malicious website has been blocked by Web Control.Web Control alerts can be accessed from Hub UI. Email alerts will be added soon.
The Web Control dashboard widget is displayed on any site dashboard where Web Control can be activated.It shows the number of requests blocked, either based on your rules or because the particular domain has been tagged as dangerous by us.
When a user tries to visit a blocked site, a block page loads in their browser instead. The admin can add their contact info to the block page ('Customize your block page' section in Web Control policy settings) and give users the chance to contact them in case they feel the particular page shouldn’t be blocked.
💡 Good to know:
Available content categories
|Business and institutions
|Law, government & politics
|Communications and social networking
|Email, chat, messaging
|Data control and bandwidth
|Arts & entertainment
|Family & parenting
|Food & drink
|Health & fitness
|Hobbies & interests
|Home & garden
|News, weather & information
|Religion & spirituality
|Style & fashion
|Extreme graphic, explicit violence
|Hacking and cracking
|Tobacco, cigars, vaping & accessories
|Unmoderated message boards
|Potentially unwanted apps
|Potentially unwanted search engine
|Sites containing potentially unwanted apps
|Web Control avoidance
|VPNs, proxies, filter avoidance
Page change log
|15 November 2023
|Web Control released. Minimum requirements for AV version changed to 23.10 and agent 23.6.
|25 October 2023
|Minimum requirements for AV version changed to 23.9+. This version simplifies the deployment of the service on devices that have a fresh installation of Business Hub services. Additionally, it eliminates the need for an extra restart.
|9 October 2023
|Web Control beta released to public. Any Business Hub account with Premium and/or Ultimate Business Security subscription can now use it.