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Block WhatsApp for PC but allow phones to continue to use it

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Block WhatsApp for PC but allow phones to continue to use it

Hi Guys,

 

I need to be able to block the online version of WhatsApp for PC but allow the phones to continue to use the app. I have read lots on blocking ports but that doesn't appear to work well as other services use the same ports as WA.

Anyone else managed to work around this?

 

Thanks

 

Rich

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Kind of a big deal

Re: Block WhatsApp for PC but allow phones to continue to use it

That would fall under the "Internet Communications" category in the Content Filtering page of the MX.

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Re: Block WhatsApp for PC but allow phones to continue to use it

Possibly your endpoint security solution has a way to block it

Kind of a big deal

Re: Block WhatsApp for PC but allow phones to continue to use it

Have you tried just blocking web.whatsapp.com with url blocking in Security & SD-WAN > Content Filtering ?

Kind of a big deal

Re: Block WhatsApp for PC but allow phones to continue to use it

@RCaldicott  You need to block whatsapp using application rules rather than blocking ports. What this does is looks for the app signature that whatsapp uses and blocks the traffic this way. 

 

 

Meraki CMNO, Ruckus WISE, Sonicwall CSSA, Allied Telesis CASE & CAI
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Re: Block WhatsApp for PC but allow phones to continue to use it


@BlakeRichardson wrote:

@RCaldicott  You need to block whatsapp using application rules rather than blocking ports. What this does is looks for the app signature that whatsapp uses and blocks the traffic this way. 

 

 


Thanks, tried this but it blocks the phones on all SSID's too which is annoying. EndPoint policies ticked the box though. Thank you.

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Re: Block WhatsApp for PC but allow phones to continue to use it


@SoCalRacer wrote:

Possibly your endpoint security solution has a way to block it


Thank you! Didn't even occur to me to do this. 😄

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