How Do I Setup Web Filtering on a Group of Managed iPads

Overview

This article describes how to protect iPads (or iPods / iPhones) in your school or organization using Mobicip's web filter. 

Summary: Deploy Mobicip as a Global Proxy or Safe Browser using your MDM software.

Create Enterprise Account

Create a Mobicip Enterprise account at mobicip.com/enterprise. This account is distinct from a Mobicip family or consumer account. Let us know the registered email address so we can add the licenses to your account.

Once licenses are setup and you receive a confirmation, login at mobicip.com and select Filter Profiles from the menu. Setup one or more filter profiles, one for each group of devices that will share the same filtering settings. For instance, you may want to setup a profile for each classroom, team or sub-group within a classroom.

  •  Using any browser, login at mobicip.com.
  •  Select Filter Profiles from the menu.

Filter profiles menu

  • For the filter profile you wish to edit, click the edit icon next to the filtering level.

Edit filtering level icon

  • Select the filtering level and save your selection.

Select filtering level

  • Click on 'Add Profile' to setup additional profiles, say one per classroom or cohort of students.

Add new filtering profile screenshot

There are two options to deploy Mobicip on a large set of iOS devices:

  • Deploy Mobicip as a Global Proxy (on 'supervised' iOS devices only)
  • Deploy the Safe Browser as an 'in-house' app

Global Proxy Option

If your iOS devices are 'supervised' as defined by Apple, and you use an MDM or Apple's Profile Manager to manage them, you can deploy Mobicip's web filter as a global proxy. 

JAMF config profile screenshot

  • In the Configuration Profile options, select 'Global HTTP Proxy'. Enter the payload information provided by Mobicip and save the profile.

Global proxy option

  • In the Configuration Profile options, select Certificates and upload the two SSL certificates provided by Mobicip.

MDM globably proxy certificates upload

  • You may then push the global proxy configuration profile to the designated cohort of iOS devices. For help with this step, contact your MDM vendor. 
  • Repeat the steps above to create and deploy a configuration for each Mobicip filter profile.

Voila! You will see that Mobicip is now filtering the Safari browser or any other browser on the iPad. 

Custom Safe Browser App Option

If your iOS devices are not 'supervised', the next best option is to deploy Mobicip as an 'in-house' safe browser app.

  • If you have a Mobicip account, reset your password to one that you can share with us.
  • Contact support with your Mobicip account username, password, filter profile, and request a custom build. This can take up to 2-3 business days. You will receive a link to an IPA file when ready.   
  • If you use the Apple Configurator, follow the steps recommended by Apple to install in-house apps.
  • If you use an MDM, follow the procedure recommended by the MDM vendor to deploy in-house apps.
  • Use Apple Configurator or the MDM to enforce Restrictions on the device by turning off Safari and any other browser apps.

Hurray! Your setup is now complete. Users can get on the Safe Browser app for safe and secure Internet use.

Manage Your Account Online

Login at mobicip.com from any browser to manage your filter settings and review browsing history.

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