Firewalla offers powerful yet simple-to-use features that protect your privacy online, whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go. With Firewalla, you can:
- Encrypt your personal or business traffic with our complete VPN solution.
- Prevent entities from snooping on your website traffic with DNS over HTTPS or Unbound.
- Stop ads from tracking you with Ad Block.
- Use custom and system Target Lists for additional filtering.
Privacy Protection is a complex topic, and the ultimate solution may require many different parts to all work together. Firewalla's role is to protect your network by using encryption and traffic controls to hide data or content that's not under your control.
1. Encrypt Traffic with Firewalla VPN
Equipped with a built-in VPN Server and VPN Client, Firewalla provides a powerful VPN solution that is extremely easy to deploy for home and business use.
- Securely access your network no matter where you are with Firewalla VPN Server.
- Connect to a 3rd-party VPN or send your devices to different VPNs with Firewalla VPN Client.
- Combine Firewalla VPN Server with Firewalla VPN Client to create a secure one-way link into a network or establish a secure two-way link between two networks.
Securely Access your Home Network
When traveling or using public Wi-Fi, you can connect to your Firewalla VPN server at home (or work) to securely access content on your home (or work) devices. By connecting to Firewalla VPN, you can also surf the internet just as safely and easily as if you are at home. You can rest easy that neither the Wi-Fi operator nor anyone around you can eavesdrop on any of your communications.
Working Remotely from Home
When working from home, you often need access to servers or devices on your work network. By connecting your device's Firewalla VPN Client with your work Firewalla VPN Server, you can securely access content and applications at work just as if you were in the office. You don't even have to install or remember to start a VPN client on your computer— Firewalla will know when you are trying to reach something at work. All non-work-related traffic will stay between you and your ISP. Firewalla uses context to determine the appropriate privacy and protection needed.
"Teleport" your Devices with a 3rd-Party VPN
If you are using 3rd-party VPNs to shield your data from your ISP or government and want more devices to use the same service, you can use Firewalla VPN Client to route traffic from each device over your 3rd-party VPN connection. You can even route traffic from devices that can't install VPN clients, such as IoT devices like security cameras and home automation controllers.
Connect Multiple Networks with Site to Site VPN
If you have multiple offices or homes, you can use a Site to Site VPN to connect your networks together over encrypted links. This allows you to establish secure bi-directional access between your two networks. Learn more about how to configure a Site to Site VPN.
Learn more about Firewalla VPN use cases.
2. Prevent Snooping with DoH and Unbound
Traditionally, DNS requests are sent in plain text between the client and the DNS server. DNS over HTTPS (DoH) sends DNS requests encrypted over HTTPS. It makes DNS exchange more secure and protects user privacy. Firewalla's implementation can enable DoH for devices on your network segments. Once enabled, there is no additional configuration required on the client side. Learn more about how DoH works on Firewalla.
Unbound is a validating, recursive, caching DNS resolver that helps increase your online privacy and security and is installed locally on the Firewalla box. While Unbound doesn't encrypt your DNS traffic like DoH, it prevents a single public DNS server from having all your DNS records. Learn more about how Unbound works on Firewalla.
3. Stop Tracking and Block Ads
Ad Block is Firewalla’s built-in ad blocking feature. It helps eliminate ads in browsers and mobile apps that track your web browsing habits. Ad Block keeps your browsing habits from reaching third parties. While we can’t eliminate all ads, we’re continuously improving our ad blocking processes.
If you want to block ads more aggressively, you can turn on Strict mode in Ad Block. Strict mode will block more ads than the Default mode, but may also trigger ad block detection more often than needed. Learn more about Ad Block on Firewalla.
4. Use Target Lists for Additional Filtering
Firewalla has a large database of dynamic security intel that your box can use to judge the risk of your connections. However, if you have a lot of user-defined targets or want to use an existing pre-created target list, we offer the Target List feature. A Target List is a set of targets defined with domain or IP which can be used as a building block to create rules or prioritize a group of targets. If you create a rule to block a target list, the target list entries will always be blocked regardless of the site's reputation. Learn more about Target Lists.