Set up SWG on Firefox browser
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Set up SWG on Firefox browser


Intro

NordLayer SWG (Secure Web Gateway) service enables access to resources (mostly SaaS platforms) exclusively via an Internet browser. The secure connection is established by setting up a browser plug-in (extension) or the browser’s settings and is kept within the browser limits - all other Internet traffic goes through the default device network configuration. Once SWG is set up with your gateway, the connection acts the same way as if you were connected via the NordLayer application.

To request the SWG send us an email at support@nordlayer.com

Use cases

  • Device operating system does not support the NordLayer application
  • Multiple NordLayer SWG instances can be set up for different dedicated gateways and used at the same time by utilizing different browsers
  • Encrypted traffic, masked destination and location in a lightweight package
  • Split tunneling effectiveness - SWG traffic on the browser is encrypted, but other resource access the Internet via the device’s default network adapter configuration

Downloading browser extension and configuration file

Windows

Open the NordLayer application and head to Settings. Navigate to the Secure Web Gateway tab and choose a location (gateway) that you want to use your SWG setup with. Once location is selected, you will now see a button Configuration files for proxy extensions at the bottom. Click on it and in a newly opened window select the browser which you would like to use. In this guide, we will cover the Google Chrome usage, so click on the Extension link beneath the Google Chrome entry to install a SwitchyOmega extension for your browser. Once it is installed, select the Download configuration file option on the right side of Google Chrome entry.

macOS

Open the NordLayer application and head to Preferences. Navigate to the Secure Web Gateway tab and choose a location (gateway) that you want to use your SWG setup with. Once location is selected, you will now see a button Configuration files for proxy extensions at the bottom. Click on it and in a newly opened window select the browser which you would like to use. In this guide, we will cover the Google Chrome usage, so click on the Extension link beneath the Google Chrome entry to install a SwitchyOmega extension for your browser. Once it is installed, select the Download configuration file option on the right side of Google Chrome entry.

Linux

For detailed explanation on the SWG configuration and credentials, use the following Terminal command:

nordlayer help settings swg
  1. In order to gather all the required information to set up SWG on a browser extension, enter the following command into the Terminal:
nordlayer settings swg
  1. If SWG is not enabled on your dedicated server(s), you will receive an error message. In case only one dedicated server is available and SWG is enabled on it - you will immediately see your credentials. Lastly, if multiple dedicated servers are available with SWG, you will get the option to choose one from the list.

  2. Afterwards, you will get the option to choose whether the password is visible or not.

  3. Lastly, you will be able to select and download a configuration file for FoxyProxy Standard browser extension.

Setting up the extension

Once you install the FoxyProxy extension, you will now see a FoxyProxy icon the top right corner of your FireFox browser.

  1. Press on the FoxyProxy icon in your browser and select Options

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  1. Click on Import Settings tab on the left side

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  1. Beneath Import Settings from FoxyProxy 6.0+, you will see a button Import Settings - press on it

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  1. In the file browser, select your recently downloaded FoxyProxy configuration file

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  1. To use your newly created SWG, simply click on the FoxyProxy icon in the top right corner and then select your preferred proxy profile (your gateway without the ThreatBlock or your gateway with the ThreatBlock feature enabled)

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Note: In case you have any questions or are experiencing any issues, please feel free to contact our 24/7 customer support team.


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