Version 5.3.3 Released! AccessPatrol user mode and New Web Filtering

Office employees working at desks on desktop computers with Internet monitoring software installed.

The latest version of CurrentWare (5.3.3) introduced user mode for AccessPatrol and UIA web filtering technology for BrowseControl.

User mode for AccessPatrol

Prior to v5.3.3, AccessPatrol is compatible with PC mode only. From an admin’s point of view, you can only block external devices per computer.

In v5.3.3, user mode is introduced for AccessPatrol. Just like BrowseControl and BrowseReporter, admins can now block external devices based on the windows logged in user. This will make it easier to assign different device restrictions for different users. For example, you can assign full device access to administrators while restrict device access for end users.

User mode for AccessPatrol works with Windows 7 and 10.

Introducing UIA web filtering technology to BrowseControl

UIA makes it easier for administrator to manage their Allowed list.

If you are currently using BrowseControl with Internet OFF and an Allowed list, UIA will make it easier for you to add websites to the Allowed list.

With our previous web filtering technology, you have to add all the URLs associated with the allowed website to allow it properly. This included adding external URLs such as CDN, layouts, libraries and scripts. Otherwise, some complex websites may have missing images or misaligned layouts.

By switching to UIA, you will only need to add a single URL for each website you want to allow. UIA takes care of the rest for you. UIA allows and blocks websites based on URLs on the address bar. It will not filter the Internet based on the other external contents that are loading in the background.

UIA does not replacing the previous web filtering technology completely. You can always switch back to the legacy filtering technologies if you want to.

Switching to UIA

  1. Go to the cwConsole.
  2. Select the folder you want to switch to UIA.
  3. Click on “HTTPS Settings” from the BrowseControl menu.
  4. Select “Advanced HTTPS Filtering”.

Other changes for v5.3.3

  • Optimized bandwidth tracking to reduce database file size.
  • Improved enPowerManager’s Wake on LAN functionality.
  • Fixed an issue where the cwConsole closes every 50 minutes.
  • Enhanced AccessPatrol’s available device list.
  • Enhanced the CWUserActivity.log.
  • Added an option to restart the cwServer periodically.
  • Added an option to delete bandwidth data.
  • Fixed an issue with the hyperlinks not working in the Sites Visited report.
  • Added AccessPatrol device data and Bandwidth data to the Auto Delete Scheduler.
  • Reduce the BrowseReporter logo file size down to 10KB.
  • Added Web service as a backup method for updating BrowseControl’s URL lists.

Upgrade Instructions

To upgrade to v5.3.3, follow the step-by-step instructions on the upgrade page:

https://www.currentware.com/upgrade/

 

Do you need a new license key?

If you are upgrading from v5.2.X and below: Yes, you will need to register CurrentWare with a new license key

If you are upgrading from v5.3.X: No, your existing license key will work.

 

Back up before you upgrade

Before you upgrade, please back up your CurrentWare database file located on your CurrentWare Server under this directory

  • \Program Files (x86)\CurrentWare\cwServer\CWNPFB.CWD (64-bit)
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