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The eBlockerOS 1.7 includes several highlights: the DNS server is optimized and the Parental Control filter can now use the DNS server if the server is activated. Furthermore, the database is automatically restored from the latest backup in case of a database error. In addition, many other bugs are fixed and the core processes are implemented to further increase performance and stability.

DNS Server (beta)

The eBlocker DNS server now provides the functionality to serve and maintain individual server names and IP addresses for your local network. This is useful for addressing servers in a local network with a name instead of the IP address (i.e. “myrouter” instead of 192.168.0.1) In addition, we updated and extended the list of public DNS servers on our website to be used as external DNS servers.

eBlocker can do DNS now Please note that the DNS feature is still in beta and needs to be activated in the settings. Activation is not yet recommended for production environments.

Parental Control Content Filter via DNS

If the eBlocker DNS server is activated (see above), the parental control filters will also take advantage of the local DNS. The benefit is that SSL links (https) to inappropriate sites will always be blocked, even if the SSL feature is not activated for the protected device. The current disadvantage of this new feature is that blocked pages will just be displayed as standard browser error. Further details about why the page has been blocked are not yet available in this mode.

Database Backup

In rare cases, it could occur that the eBlocker’s database got corrupted, e.g. if the power had been removed, while a database write process was in progress. To avoid this in the future, the eBlockers database will now automatically be backed up frequently. Now the database will automatically be restored from the latest backup in case of a database error.

Devices

It is now easier to clean up long device lists using the eBlocker settings: With just two clicks you can delete all outdated devices from the list that are offline or do not have a valid IP address anymore.

License Management

So far, there was no clear hint to the user, if the update license was about to expire or was already expired. Now there is a clear indication to make the user aware of the expiring license.

Further bug fixes and performance improvements

The release includes a variety of bugfixes to increase the performance and stability. The eBlocker for e.g., does not log uncritical error messages anymore and the regular clean up routine as well as the factory reset have been extended to avoid and to fix this issue.

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.