Configure Sophos Web Protection

Important If a management console is used to administer Sophos Endpoint Security and Control on this computer, it may override any changes you make here.

To change Sophos Web Protection settings:

  1. Click Home > Anti-virus and HIPS > Configure anti-virus and HIPS > Configure > Web protection.
  2. To block or unblock access to malicious websites, next to Block access to malicious websites, select On or Off. This option is enabled by default.
    For information on how to authorize a website that is classified as malicious, see Authorize a website for use.
  3. To enable or disable scanning of downloaded data and files, next to Content scanning, select As on-access scanning, On, or Off.
    By default, As on-access scanning is selected, that is, content scanning is disabled or enabled simultaneously with on-access scanning.
  4. To change what happens when a file with low or unknown reputation is downloaded, under Download reputation, next to Action, select either Prompt user (default) or Log only.
    • If you select Prompt user, every time a low reputation file is downloaded, an alert will be displayed, informing about this and asking whether to block or allow the download. We recommend that you do not download such files. If you trust the file's source and publisher, you can choose to download the file. The choice to block or allow the download and the file's URL will be recorded in the scanning log.
    • If you select Log only, no alert will be displayed; the download will be allowed and recorded in the scanning log.
  5. To choose how rigorous you want reputation scanning to be, next to Threshold, select Recommended (default) or Strict.
    • If you select Recommended, an alert will be displayed and/or a log record created every time a file with low or unknown reputation is downloaded.
    • If you select Strict, an alert will be displayed and/or a log record created every time a file with low, unknown, or medium reputation is downloaded.

For more information about download reputation, see knowledgebase article 121319.

For information about viewing the scanning log, see View the scanning log.