About authentication policies

Note: The Smoothwall Filter comes with an authentication policy in place by default. However, to use it, you need to configure your users’ web browsers to use the Smoothwall Filter as their web proxy. See our knowledge base article, When to use Non-Transparent Authentication Policies.

Authentication policies determine how user credentials are obtained from the browser before allowing the user to browse. They are specific to your organization's needs.

You can create nontransparent and transparent authentication policies. With a transparent authentication policy, you can apply a web filter policy and authentication to a user, or group of users, whose devices’ network connection uses the Smoothwall Filter function. With nontransparent authentication policies, you can apply a web filter policy and authentication to a user, or group of users, whose web browsers are configured to connect to the Internet using the Smoothwall Filter function as their web proxy.

The Smoothwall Filter uses authentication to:

An authentication policy is comprised of a connection type, an authentication method, port information and a location.

The Smoothwall Filter can use several different authentication methods to identify a user or group, with different conditions and restrictions. Authentication policies determine the method used. They also determine the interfaces and ports listened on for web requests.

Default Authentication Policy

The Smoothwall Filter comes with the following authentication policy ready for use:

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About authentication policies

About the authentication policy wizard

About authentication exceptions

About identification by location

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