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The eBlockerOS 1.9 includes several highlights: for e.g., eBlocker now protects your devices from malware and phishing on webpages. Furthermore, to facilitate the renewal of the eBlocker certificate your eBlocker will now automatically generate a new certificate and use it, once the previous certificate has expired. Many other bugs are fixed and the core processes are implemented to further increase performance and stability.

Malware Protection

eBlocker now protects your devices from malware and phishing on webpages. The corresponding malware filter lists will be updated daily. With this new feature eBlocker warns you when you click a malicious link or access a malicious webpage. However, no protection method can provide 100% security and you still need Anti-Virus Apps protecting your local device. In addition, we highly recommend not to click on any suspicious links or open emails from unknown sources.

Certificate renewal for SSL / HTTPS

To protect HTTPS connections, you might have enabled SSL and added eBlocker’s security certificate to your devices. Each security certificate has an expiration date and needs to be renewed after expiration. Initially eBlocker used a 1 year validity for certificates. These certificates are now about to expire for our very early users. For most users the certificate validity is 3 years now. To facilitate the renewal of the eBlocker certificate your eBlocker will now automatically generate a new certificate and use it, once the previous certificate has expired. In the parallel eBlocker will notify you on each device that the new certificate needs to be added to the device again. Please make sure to add the new certificate to each device in order to protect HTTPS-connections.

Device settings restructured

The device settings page has been restructured to improve the usability: Now all features for device configuration are organized in tabs. You find individual tabs for general settings, anonymization settings and message related settings. And the devices page loads faster now, especially when there are many devices in your local network.

System Messages

System messages are now classified as “important” or merely “informational”. On the devices page on the new tab “Messaging” (see above), you can choose per device, whether you want to see all, only important or no messages at all on that device.

Dashboard

eBlocker’s Dashboard is now linked from the ControlBar and offers additional information about your eBlocker. It now shows the SSL status of the current device and all system messages that are relevant for the current device. More dashboard functions will be added in future.

Log Files and Diagnostics Report

Obsolete and misleading messages have been removed from the log files. Important information regarding DNS and other topics have been added to the diagnostics report. The relevant log files are now automatically added to the diagnostics report to make it simpler to gather all necessary information when contacting support.

Parental Control improvement and further bug fixes

When using eBlocker’s parental control, eBlocker now displays a detailed notification why a certain webpage was blocked, also when eBlocker DNS (beta) is active. In the previous release, only an unspecific browser error page was shown, when the parental control feature was used together with DNS. Furthermore, the 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.