Cipafilter is pleased to announce version 10.0 of our device firmware. With this latest iteration, we've focused on enhancements to email notifications, portal and proxy functionality, authentication, and reporting, in addition to all the usual efficiency and effectiveness improvements.
Improved email notifications
With the removal of legacy mail functionality from 10.0, we've had to rework Cipafilter's e-mail notification features — and we've taken this opportunity to improve their reliability, appearance, and configuration. The set-up process has been streamlined, PDF reports have been completely redesigned, and instant notifications are more useful than ever.
Let's Encrypt support for captive portal
One of Cipafilter's most powerful features is its captive portal system — but using it effectively has been somewhat complicated by the process and fees associated with obtaining an SSL certificate for it. In 10.0, it is now possible to use the Let's Encrypt® service to obtain and renew a certificate for your captive portal, automatically and completely free of charge. No more expired or lost certificates — Let's Encrypt is a true "set it and forget it" solution.
Per-user reporting filters
Building on from our last release's new management users feature, Cipafilter now supports per-user reporting filters: administrators can limit their management users to viewing only select groups and users via the reporting interface. This enables, for example, the restriction of a staff member's reporting capabilities to their own department or building.
Customizable proxy auto-configuration
Cipafilter's built-in proxy auto-configuration (PAC) files are now highly customizable, enabling administrators to specify criteria for bypassing the proxy. This is especially beneficial for 1:1 scenarios, as it can provide significant improvements to bandwidth utilization and load times.
Single sign-on for Chrome
Google® Chrome™ and Chromebook™ users can now experience true single sign-on authentication with our new Direct Authenticator extension and the supporting technologies built into Cipafilter 10.0. A filter can now authenticate a user automatically using only the information associated with their Google Directory account. This feature is of significant benefit to organizations with shared Chromebook devices.
Intrusion prevention and access control
Cipafilter's existing intrusion-prevention (IPS) features have been expanded and exposed for management via the filter Web interface. Administrators can now view IPS events, expire erroneous bans, and whitelist trusted IP ranges. In addition, a new access-control feature provides the ability to restrict access to sensitive services like SSH and Web management to select IP ranges. These features are useful for security-conscious organizations and for auditing purposes.
As with every new version of Cipafilter, we've made efforts to increase the performance, efficiency, and effectiveness of the product. In this release, we've incorporated refinements to the content filter (including native compression support), added the ability to globally exempt Web sites from SSL decryption, and significantly improved performance for bridging-mode filters. Legacy e-mail features have been removed in light of the many superior alternatives, and we've completed the transition to our newer Web-reporting system. Hundreds of smaller behind-the-scenes changes round out this release.
Request an upgrade
Due to the expected high volume of requests, we will be rolling out upgrades in waves to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Contact Cipafilter Support today to request a firmware upgrade date and take advantage of these new features.