Set Up Edge Chromium Web Filtering on O365: Bark for Schools

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The new Microsoft Edge is based on Chromium, and as such it supports Chrome extensions. You can deploy our Chrome web filter to Microsoft Edge by following either method below:

NOTE: You may have to make slight adjustments to the instructions to successfully deploy the Chrome extension to Edge within your environment

Method A: User / Group Policy

STEP 1: Log in to your dashboard with a Bark Super Admin account.

STEP 2: Click the top right drop-down menu and select Web Filters.

NOTE: Don't see Web Filters in your Bark account's drop-down menu? This means you are not a Bark Super Admin. Ask your Bark Super Admin for help. They may also wish to reach out to our support team to get your account elevated to super admin status in Bark.

STEP 3: Under the Chrome category, select Create new Chrome filter.

STEP 4: Understand each section.

4a. The first section provides information needed for setting up your custom Chrome extension in O365. The Extension ID and Extension URL fields will need to be copied into a field within O365 later.

4b. The second section allows for the input of any domain (ie. site) you would like to blacklist or whitelist. These sites will be on a report within the dashboard for ease of visibility. You can update these settings at any time.

Bark also supports the use of wildcards at the front (*.youtube.com), middle (sites.google.com/*game*), or end (*.youtube.com/playlist=1234*) of a domain to fit your use-case.

The exceptions entered here are prioritized over category settings below.

4c. The third section will allow the whitelisting / blacklisting of whole categories. This is pulled from our database that houses countless sites that are associated to these categories and is updated regularly. There are sites that may not fall into these categories that need to be added as exceptions using instructions in the section above. 

Bark groups websites into the categories shown below. Toggle each category to the appropriate setting for your use-case. 

STEP 5: Finalize setup of the Chrome extension in O365.

How do I know it's working?

When the filter starts processing web browsing activity on Edge for your students, it will display the activity on the web filter reports on the super admin's Bark dashboard, as seen below and described in this article.

Students may also notice there is a Bark dog on the top right of their browser, and when they click into their browser settings, it will say it is "Managed by your organization."
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Method B: Intune MDM

STEP 1: Log in to your dashboard with a Bark Super Admin account.

STEP 2: Click the top right drop-down menu and select Web Filters.

NOTE: Don't see Web Filters in your Bark account's drop-down menu? This means you are not a Bark Super Admin. Ask your Bark Super Admin for help. They may also wish to reach out to our support team to get your account elevated to super admin status in Bark.

STEP 3: Under the Chrome category, select Create new Chrome filter.

STEP 4: Understand each section.

4a. The first section provides information needed for setting up your custom Chrome extension in O365. The Extension ID and Extension URL fields will need to be copied into a field within O365 later.

4b. The second section allows for the input of any domain (ie. site) you would like to blacklist or whitelist. These sites will be on a report within the dashboard for ease of visibility. You can update these settings at any time.

Bark also supports the use of wildcards at the front (*.youtube.com), middle (sites.google.com/*game*), or end (*.youtube.com/playlist=1234*) of a domain to fit your use-case.

The exceptions entered here are prioritized over category settings below.

4c. The third section will allow the whitelisting / blacklisting of whole categories. This is pulled from our database that houses countless sites that are associated to these categories and is updated regularly. There are sites that may not fall into these categories that need to be added as exceptions using instructions in the section above. 

Bark groups websites into the categories shown below. Toggle each category to the appropriate setting for your use-case. 

STEP 5: In a new tab, log in to the O365 Device Management Portal.

STEP 6: Select Devices – Windows.

STEP 7: On the Configuration Profiles tab click Create profile.

  • Give the configuration profile a Name.
  • Enter a Description (optional).
  • Choose Windows 10 as Platform.
  • Choose Administrative Templates as Profile type.
  • Click Create.
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STEP 8: Open the settings tab.
  • Select Edge version 77 and later from the dropdown menu.
  • Search for Extensions (this gives an overview of all extension-related settings).
  • Click on Control which extensions are installed silently.
  • Select Enabled.
  • Add the Bark extension ID followed by the extension URL separated by a semi colon. Remember, you can find the extension ID and URL in your Bark for Schools Chrome Web Filter page. For example, you'd type in:
    abfmmnnkkojjfgajfjjodllhmkcpfkam;https://bark-for-schools-chrome-filter-production.s3.amazonaws.com/thisisexample/BarkForSchoolsChromeFilter.xml
  • Once you've entered in the extension ID and URL, click OK.
  • Assign the profile to a security group.
  • We also recommend disabling Incognito / InPrivate browsing on their web browsers and disabling "Guest Mode" on their web browsers within the O365 Admin Console.

How do I know it's working?

When the filter starts processing web browsing activity on Edge for your students, it will display the activity on the web filter reports on the super admin's Bark dashboard, as seen below and described in this article.

Students may also notice there is a Bark dog on the top right of their browser, and when they click into their browser settings, it will say it is "Managed by your organization."

 

Need help?

Check out our troubleshooting guide. If still no luck, please reach out to us!