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New Release: eBlockerOS 1.14

New Release: eBlockerOS 1.14
| Editorial Staff

The eBlockerOS 1.14 includes several highlights: The SSL settings have been restructured and merged with the Apps settings to improve usability and overview. In order to detect and solve problems related to SSL communication failures, eBlocker can now record and analyze these failures. Furthermore, the eBlocker Controlbar has been redesigned for mobile devices and many other bugs are fixed and the core processes are implemented to further increase performance and stability.

Restructured SSL settings [eBlocker Pro, eBlocker Family]

The SSL settings have been restructured and merged with the Apps settings to improve usability and overview: Details about the eBlocker certificate have been moved to their own tab named CERTIFICATE; the SSL exemption list for websites has been moved to its own tab TRUSTED WEBSITES and the whole Apps configuration page of exception lists for specific apps has been moved to the tab TRUSTED APPS. So all SSL related settings can now be maintained on the same page in different tabs.

Recording and automated analysis of SSL communication failures [eBlocker Pro, eBlocker Family]

Sometimes, apps or websites do not function correctly, when the eBlocker monitors their encrypted communication. In order to detect and solve problems related to SSL communication failures, eBlocker can now record and analyze these failures. If available, eBlocker will automatically suggest related apps to be marked as trusted. Or you can use the recorded data to define your own trusted app configuration.

Analysis and display of speed and reliability of external DNS servers

eBlocker will now monitor and analyze the speed and reliability external DNS servers. It will display the results on the DNS settings page and provide a simple classification in good, medium and bad. You should consider to remove DNS servers marked as “bad”, as they can have a severe impact on your effective Internet speed.

Redesign of eBlocker ControlBar for mobile devices

The eBlocker ControlBar now automatically adapts to any screen size. The features of the ControlBar can now also be used without restrictions on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
In addition, the look & feel of the eBlocker ControlBar has been improved and made consistent for better usability.

Factory Reset via eBlocker Settings

It’s now possible to trigger a full factory reset via the System page in eBlocker Settings. Remember: All configuration settings and the license activation will be deleted and have to be re-done. If the eBlocker Settings should not be accessible anymore, it is still possible to trigger the factory reset with the help of an USB thumb drive.

eBlocker icon only inserted into pages loaded by standard web browsers

The eBlocker icon has been inserted into all web pages to indicate that the page has been monitored and secured by your eBlocker and to make the eBlocker ControlBar available on this page. This is still the case, if the page is loaded with a standard web browser like Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Chrome or Safari. However, the inserted icon can sometimes lead to problems, if the page is loaded with another app (not a browser), that does not offer the possibility to click on the icon. So the icon is by default not inserted anymore, when the page is loaded by any other app. Please note: The page is still monitored and secured as before, only the icon is not visible anymore. You can restore the old behavior in the eBlocker Settings on the device page in the SHOW ICON tab on the device details for each device.

eBlocker icon indicates, if a Tor or VPN connection is active

The eBlocker icon indicates now, if the page has been loaded through an active Tor or VPN connection by displaying badges with the label “TOR” or “VPN” respectively.

Automatic insertion of Do-not-track header [eBlocker Pro, eBlocker Family]

The eBlocker will now automatically insert a Do-not-track header into all outgoing requests. This header serves as indication to the receiving website that the user does not want to be tracked. Unfortunately, this header is not legally binding, so many websites do ignore it.

Loading speed improved and support for Brotli compression

The eBlocker will now refrain from re-compressing monitored web pages, when they are sent to the browser. In an internal network, the speed advantage from the reduced bandwidth due to compression is much smaller than the speed penalty for the additional compression and decompression steps. In addition, the eBlocker supports now Brotli compression for webpages.
eBlocker Pro and eBlocker Family only: By default, the re-compression is still done, if the page is loaded by a remote device that is connected via eBlocker Mobile. This option can globally be set in eBlocker Settings on the Advanced page.

Frequency of automatic device detection can be adjusted

Normally, the eBlocker will scan the local network frequently to find new devices that should also be monitored and protected. In very rare cases, this can lead to problems with the Wifi router. It is now possible to reduce the scan frequency or to switch off automatic scans completely. Please note that without these scans, new devices might not be detected automatically and the eBlocker will not monitor and protect these devices. You can change the scan frequency or trigger a single manual scan from the devices page in eBlocker Settings.

Further bug fixes and improvements

The DNS server now takes care that all internal devices will use the same IP address for the same external website, even if external websites are accessed over many different IP addresses. All devices in your local network can furthermore have multiple IP addresses and automatic updates will now wait for the next configured time window and will not execute this update immediately. This release includes a variety of bugfixes to increase the performance and stability.

We have summarized all new features in the release notes. The new eBlockerOS version is automatically distributed to all eBlockers with a valid update license.

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