Today, organizations want a solution on how to block specific websites on iPhone or iPad to restrict the corporate-owned devices with content privacy restrictions for employees. It is no surprise that Apple is dominating personal users as well as enterprises. Since 2007, when the first iPhone came out, it has enabled users to use some facilities. Among these are syncing their work and personal emails, contacts, and calendars. However, they wanted to block specific websites so that the employees do not divert to unauthorized content during working hours.
Then came the iPad, which shook up the enterprise market once again in 2010. Several employees had already used the iPhone and its list of apps, so they knew how the iPad could help them in the workplace.
In general, it makes sense to restrict the use of iOS devices, whether for personal or professional use. A personal reason might be children using iPhones and iPads for social media, YouTube, games, and movies. There can also be a fear of them browsing explicit content and adult websites. Also, professional reasons like accessing various job portals and inappropriate content apply for employees. To maintain productivity, employers have realized the importance of iPhone restrictions. As well as limiting unwanted websites and content of the iOS device. Scalefusion provides the solution to these challenges by its offering. ProSurf’s iOS Kiosk Browser, an alternative to Safari to block websites.
ProSurf browser also enables you to whitelist websites. A whitelist is a list of web pages that can be selected and allowed to access by employees with corporate devices. After whitelisting websites, you can access the website from the ProSurf browser and have a privacy restriction-based controlled browsing experience. In other words, you can block specific websites and their content on the iPhone or iPad.
How To Block Specific Websites on iPhone or iPad? – A step-by-step guide:
With the Scalefusion iOS kiosk browser, an IT admin can restrict access to specific websites by following the step-by-step instructions below:
Browse to www.scalefusion.com and click on login. You can sign in to your Scalefusion account through personal email ID, G-suite, or Office 365.
Click on Enroll Devices located on the left-hand side of the dashboard and select the iPad or iPhone tab. Follow the enrollment method on screen and start managing your iOS devices virtually after configuring the device profiles to be pushed.
Launch ProSurf browser on your iOS device.
Tap on the settings icon.
You will need to enter the passcode to access the settings. Input the default passcode ‘2323’ and tap on ok.
Among the list of settings, tap on Whitelist Websites. Herein, we will be adding the URL of websites we intend to whitelist and make accessible for the end-users.
Click on Add (alternatively, you can also tap on the ‘+’ icon on the top right-hand side of the screen). This will redirect you to the next screen where you will input the URL to be Whitelisted.
Choose the URL protocol on the top right-hand side of the screen. You can choose between ‘HTTP’ or ‘HTTPs’. Add the URL name and URL link on the ‘Name’ and ‘URL’ fields. Click on done.
Once done, one will only be able to access the Whitelisted website as shown below.
N.B.– The following error message will prompt if any URL apart from the Whitelisted URL is entered on the browser to be accessed.
You’ve successfully blocked specific websites on your iPhone. The procedure is similar for iPad as well.
Following this simple process, organizations can easily block specific websites via the ProSurf Kiosk browser on iPhones & iPads. If you have a bulk of devices managed over the air from a single laptop or PC, then follow this link.