Considering the convenience of an App over the use of PAC files for efficient filtering, Securly provides an iOS filtering App for all Apple devices*. All Apple device users would be required to log in using either the Google or Azure AD credentials for Securly filtering to work efficiently.
Note that if you prefer using any other browser but Safari on your device, it is necessary to begin your first session with Safari to avoid access errors. You will be able to browse and filtering will work on any other browser once you have logged in.
1. When a user attempts to access any website for the first time he will be prompted to log in. Click ‘Login to proceed’ to continue.
2. Once you click Log in to proceed, you will be redirected to the login screen with the option to choose either Google login or Azure AD.
3. Once the user logs in using either his Google or Microsoft Azure AD credentials he would be redirected back to the site he was attempting to access.
4. If it belongs to any of the blocked categories or has been blocked by the Admin for that particular user, the user will encounter a blocked page. Clicking ‘More Info’ will display the blocked page with additional details.
Log in with Google credentials
Log in with Azure AD credentials
Logging out of Filter by Securly
To log out from the app navigate to the app and click Logout.
Note that if you have logged in using your Google credentials you will be redirected to Safari and logged out from there as well. This is because when you log in via the Filter App, the login session is also saved in Safari. No additional action is expected from you in Safari.
Take home policy
A user with take-home policy will also follow an identical login process as that followed by in-school users.
Websites filtered using PAC files
While Securly’s iOS Filtering App bypasses the use of PAC files, some websites are still filtered using PAC files at this time. These are
For these websites, the user would be required to log in separately even if he has logged in previously. If the user does not log in a second time, he would encounter a blocked page and would not be able to access that website.
It is important to note that the PAC file login session would expire after 90 minutes of inactivity.
(Note that this login behavior would be simplified in subsequent updates to the iOS filtering app.)
*(Note that the app is compatible with iOS 10 and 11.)