Block it Like It’s Hot: Introducing Custom Block Pages from Strongarm
Sometimes, when you’re browsing the web, you might find yourself accidentally clicking on a link or being redirected to a site where malware is being spread. Yikes, right? That’s why Strongarm built block pages. These are the pages you see when you or one of your users (or, if you’re an MSP, one of your clients) tries to navigate to a site that may have connections to malicious activities (like malware, ransomware, phishing, etc.) It’s part of how we keep users safe from online threats.
Recently, one of our managed service provider partners requested the ability to tailor block pages to each of their clients. We thought it was a great idea, so today we’re unveiling custom block pages for all Strongarm accounts.
What Are Custom Block Pages?
Custom block pages allow the MSP provider or administrator of a Strongarm account to decide what users will see when they are rerouted away from a potentially malicious webpage.
What goes on the custom block page? That’s up to you! It could include:
- Your company’s name
- Contact info for the IT team or MSP
- An explanation of what happened (i.e. We stopped you from visiting a potentially harmful site.)
- Specific directions for the blocked user on how to respond to or report the block
Custom block pages can provide end users with more information, helping to improve both user experience and the overall security posture of an organization. To set up your own custom pages, go to the Protected Networks page in Strongarm Settings and add or edit a protected network. When you tick the “Enable Custom Block Page” checkbox, a textbox will appear, allowing you to customize what appears on each block page.
Once you set up your custom block page(s), whenever a user on the configured network requests a potentially malicious domain, the custom block page will appear instead. The user will be protected against malware, and you can communicate with them about any further steps you’d like them to take.
Changed your mind about the custom page? To disable a custom block page, simply uncheck “Enable Custom Block Page,” and the network will revert back to the one used for all clients (if you’re an MSP) or users (if you’re a business) by default.
See Custom Block Pages in Action
Want to see it in action? Check out the screenshot below:
Whether you’re an MSP looking to demonstrate your value to clients or a business that wants to protect against malware without negatively impacting the end user experience, custom block pages will make it easier than ever to stay secure.
Ready to give it a try today?