By WatchGuard Technologies
For the always-on, always-connected generation, Wi-Fi has become a necessity of the digital age. Walk into a restaurant and you are as likely to ask for the Wi-Fi code before asking for a menu, hotel reviews on TripAdvisor are as likely to get a five-star rating from providing free Wi-Fi as it is from luxury Belgian chocolates left on your pillow. Public Wi-Fi has meant that nearly anywhere can become an office, classroom or place you can interact virtually with your friends.
But, with this enhanced connectivity, comes a plethora of dangers – especially for the young and impressionable. At WatchGuard Technologies, we are helping children to stay safe online through partnering with the ‘Friendly Wi-Fi’ scheme. Initiated by the UK Government with support from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), the scheme is designed to identify public places such as shops, restaurants, cafes and cinemas, that provide secure filtered Wi-Fi. This means that children, parents and guardians can look for the Friendly Wi-Fi logo to be sure that the public network has been tested and verified to ensure that access to the darker corners of the internet is blocked.
WatchGuard “Friendly Wi-Fi Approved Provider” accreditation means that businesses or public facilities using WatchGuard secure Wi-Fi solutions have the correct filtering to ensure inappropriate material remains blocked to users.
WatchGuard’s solutions ensure Wi-Fi is protected with:
- Best-in-Class Security – there is no room for average and outdated technology when it comes to securing a wireless network. WatchGuard runs all wireless traffic exclusively through best in class UTM services to protect against a wide range of threats including Advanced Persistent Threats.
- Network Visibility – on average, attacks on networks can take months to detect. WatchGuard customers gain 20/20 vision through Dimension, the cloud-ready logging platform. Armed with over 100 real-time dashboards and reports, IT pros can uncover wireless threats to the network before they become a problem.
- Flexible Management – human error is a leading cause of network breaches. Security tools need to be easy to install and maintain. All WatchGuard Firebox products contain a built-in wireless controller, which creates a seamless integration of both wired and wireless network security.
We are delighted to play a part in delivering safe online Wi-Fi for younger users. It’s a great concern for any parent, guardian or teacher and we look forward to seeing Friendly Wi-Fi become a universal beacon of reassurance.