Whitelisting Websites - iOS

Whitelisting websites or allowing only certain websites is a critical feature for a Lock down solution. We support this feature for iOS devices as well, but we support it in the format that iOS supports. Please find below the steps to create a Whitelist Website and some notes related to it.

Video Guide:

Please watch the following video that explains how to use Whitelist Websites in iOS.

Creating a Whitelist Website

  1. Login to your Scalefusion Dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Device Profiles & Policies > Whitelist Websites section.
  3. Click on Whitelist a Website button.
  4. You would see a Dialog with 3 tabs, DETAILS | Android Settings | Apple Settings
  5. Under the DETAILS tab
    1. Enter the name for the shortcut
    2. Enter the URL for the shortcut. To publish two or more unique URLs on a device, custom fields can also be entered here (For eg. $device.<fieldname>).
    3. Choose if the Shortcut should be visible on Home screen or not.
  6. Navigate to the Apple Settings tab and set the following configurations:
Behaviour - The Whitelisted Websites that are not visible on Home Screen, only appear as Bookmarks in Safari.

General Settings

Setting

Description

Upload icon

Upload an icon for the web-clip/shortcut. If none is provided then the iOS default icon will be displayed in iOS Springboard

Safari Settings

Configure settings for Safari browser

Setting

Description

Allow users to remove icon from Home Screen

If enabled, this settings allows users to long-click on the web-clip and remove it from home screen. They can still access it from Safari.

Display in Full Screen

Use this setting to open this website in full screen.

This works only if the web-clip is visible on home screen.

Open Links/External URLs inside WebClip

Use this setting to open any external websites without showing Safari's UI. The URL opens inside the WebClip

This setting will get activated only when Display in Full Screen is toggled ON

Target Application Bundle Identifier

Through this setting, Web-clips or shortcuts can be used to launch installed applications. From the drop-down select an app and this would allow a Web-clip to be pushed and the app will be used as the target application for the whitelisted website's URL. If this WebClip is allowed in the profile, the application selected here would be auto-allowed or published

If app is uninstalled or deleted from dashboard's application management menu, then webclip will also get unpublished from device profile.

ProSurf Settings

Configure settings for ProSurf browser

Setting

Description

Whitelist Top Level Domain

Enable this setting to allow whitelisting at the top level so that any page which is part of that domain will be allowed, For ex.: If you whitelist https://scalefusion.com then any page from that domain will be allowed like https://blog.scalefusion.com

Allow Zoom Controls

Enabling this setting allows zoom-in/out on websites

Auto Play videos

If this setting is on, the embedded video in the URL will be auto-played.

Allow JavaScript Pop-Ups

If you want to allow this website to open Javascript popup windows, toggle on this setting

Auto-Refresh Website

Here you can specify the time (in seconds) after which the website Auto-Refreshes if there is no user interaction during that time. Minimum value is 30 seconds.

Clear Cache/Cookies on Auto-Refresh

Clears cache and cookies every time the page reloads (based on the time specified for auto-refresh)

This setting gets enabled only if you have given auto-refresh time interval

Always Load Root URL at Launch

Use this setting to always load the root URL of the whitelisted website even if the website's tab is minimized or automatically refreshed

Enable Javascript Interface for this URL

This settings enables Javascript interface, that is, exposes APIs injected by ProSurf, for the whitelisted website. With this, you can invoke ASAM mode via Javascript APIs

Publishing Whitelist Websites

The Whitelisted websites can be published in the following two ways:

1. Publishing from Whitelist Website section
  1. Navigate to Device Profiles & Policies > Whitelist Websites.
  2. Click on the Publish icon Next to the Whitelisted Website
  3. Choose the Device Profile(s) where you want to publish it and click on PUBLISH.
  4. The shortcut will be published to all the devices in the selected profiles.
2. Publishing from Device Profile
  1. Navigate to Device Profiles & Policies > Device Profiles
  2. Select the Profile where you want to publish it and click on EDIT icon
  3. Once in the Edit mode, navigate to Browser shortcuts and select the shortcuts that you want to enable.
  4. Click NEXT until you reach the Restrictions page.
  5. Click UPDATE PROFILE
  6. The shortcut will be published to all the devices in the selected profile.

Safari needs to be allowed in the Device Profile for the shortcuts to work.


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