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Web Categories in GravityZone Content Control

Web Categories Filter dynamically filters access to websites based on their content. You can use the Web Categories Filter for defining exceptions to the selected Web Access Control action (Allow or Block) for entire web categories (such as Games, Mature Content or Online Networks).

You can define web rules to explicitly block or allow certain web addresses, overriding the existing Web Access Control settings. Users will be able, for example, to access a specific webpage also when the web browsing is blocked by Web Access Control.

To access and manage web categories follow the next steps:

  1. Log in to GravityZone Control Center
  2. Click Policies and choose the desired policy
  3. Expand the Network Protection tab and click Content Control
  4. Enable Web Access Control and choose Settings
  5. Click the Categories tab and enable Web Categories Filter
  6. To define a custom filter select Custom
  7. Choose Web Rules to expand the categories section 
  8. Find the category that you want in the list and select the desired action from the dropdown menu
  9. Save your changes and then save the policy




You can find all the available web categories, along with their descriptions and examples listed below:

Category Description Examples
Ads This category covers websites that promote or sell services or products http://www.advertising.com
Advice This category covers websites that allow the users to ask for advice or ask questions on various topics http://ask.com
Blogs This category covers personal websites as well as all types of blogs: individual, group and even company ones.
A blog is a journal published on the World Wide Web consisting of entries ("posts"), typically displayed in reverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first
http://blog.wordpress.com
Business This category covers websites that offer information about available services and products to gain profit http://www.microsoft.com
Computers and Software This category covers the following types of websites: Software, Technical information, Blogs or code discussion groups http://stackoverflow.com
Education This category covers websites with educational content, encyclopedias or dictionaries http://www.wikipedia.org
Entertainment This category covers websites offering information about: Music or music festivals, Movies, Art, Poetry http://imdb.com
File Sharing This category covers websites that allow the user to share and/or store files online http://www.filehosting.org/
Financial * This category covers banking websites and internet banking services https://www.bankofamerica.com
Gambling This category covers the following types of websites:
  • 'Online casino' or 'online lottery' websites, typically requiring a payment before the user can gamble for money in online roulette, poker, blackjack or similar games. Some are legitimate, meaning there is a chance to win, but others are fraudulent and trick users into sending their money with no chance to win
  • 'Beating tips and cheats' websites which describe 'working' ways to make money on gambling and online lottery websites
http://www.bet365.com
Games This category websites providing games and game presentations and reviews.
This category does not cover official game companies' websites, game discussions websites or websites where non-online games can be downloaded
http://www.flashgames247.com
Government This category covers websites that contain information or news for local, state, and national governments or related agencies http://www.fbi.gov
Hacking This category covers websites that contain software/information on how to crack/hack accounts on the Internet, as well as information on exploits that help users gain control of another person's computer.
This category contains - but is not limited to - Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter or Gmail account hacking
http://passwordhacking.net/
Hate/Violence/Racism/Illegal Drugs This category covers the following types of websites:
  • Discussing religious or sex discrimination;
  • Discussing or promoting aggressive sports, violence and xenophobic content;
  • Belonging to terrorist organizations;
  • Promoting violence, terrorism, bombs, and anarchy;
  • Containing graphical violence;
  • Promoting or hosting discussions about the use of illegal drugs;
http://rotten.com/
Health This category covers the following types of websites:
  • Associated with medical institutions;
  • Related to disease prevention and treatment;
  • Offering information or products about weight loss, diets, steroids, anabolic or HGH products;
  • Providing information on plastic surgery;
  • About body piercing or tattoos;
  • Promoting or hosting discussions about the use of illegal drugs;
Note that websites containing sexual health topics are categorized under Mature Content
http://www.steroidsrx.com/
Hobbies This category covers websites that contain information or discussions on recreations and hobbies http://www.allaboutdogsshow.co.uk
Hosting This category covers hosting providers and services that offer users the possibility to upload files for general or limited access http://hostgator.com
IM This category covers instant messaging and chat websites, allowing users to chat in real time.
It will also detect websites where instant messaging software is embedded or can be downloaded
http://www.pidgin.im/
Job Search This category covers websites that provide job listings and employer reviews http://www.careerbuilder.com
Mature Content This category covers web sites which contain sexually explicit information either of medical or scientific nature, such as sexually transmitted diseases, websites with nude art, intimate lingerie or swimsuit content along with websites that contain sexual education information https://www.playboy.com/
Medicine/Alcohol/Cigars This category covers websites discussing, or selling (legal), medical drugs or paraphernalia, alcohol or tobacco products.
Note that illegal drugs are covered in the Hate/Violence/Racism/Illegal/Drugs category
https://www.cigaraficionado.com/
Narcotics This category covers websites referring to narcotics, such as recreational drugs, psychoactive drugs and dissociative drugs, as well as forums and message boards discussing their use, production and consumption http://www.worldofseeds.eu/
News This category covers websites which provide both text and video news. It includes both global and local news websites http://www.cnn.com
Online Dating This category covers websites offering free or paid online dating services, and also webpages containing dating ads http://www.match.com
Online Payment This category covers websites that offer users online payment services https://www.paypal.com/
Online Photo This category covers photo-sharing websites whose primary purpose is to let users upload and share photos http://www.flickr.com
Online Shopping This category covers online stores, meaning web sites which sell goods or services online, and also the webpages on the regular sites which ask for the credit card information, allowing detection of hidden, unknown or illegal online stores http://www.bestbuy.com
Photos/Videos This category covers photo-sharing websites whose primary purpose is to let users upload and share photos or videos http://www.flickr.com http://www.youtube.com
Pornography This category covers websites containing explicit erotic and pornographic material. It includes both paid and free web sites which provide pictures, stories and videos. It can also detect pornographic content on mixed content websites http://www.redtube.com
Portals This category covers websites that offer information from multiple sources and provide access to other services, such as e-mail, forums or search engines http://www.yahoo.com
Radio Music This category covers websites that stream audio content http://8tracks.com
Religious This category covers websites dedicated to or describing one or more religions, sects or cults.
It also covers discussion forums related to one or multiple religions along with occult practices
http://www.scientology.org/
Scams This category covers all types of fraudulent web pages involved in identity theft, credit card fraud, advance fee fraud, employment scams, conference fraud, money loan, pay per click, piracy, lottery, and so on.
These types of websites impersonate hotels, banks, law firms, shops, online casinos, rental and escrow firms, and have small lifespans
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Search Engines This category covers websites designed for searching out information within the World Wide Web http://www.google.com
Social Networks This category covers the social network websites. They are focused on user communities and allow users to communicate by sharing messages and other types of digital content www.facebook.com http://www.myspace.com
Sports This category covers websites about sporting events or virtual sports, including news, scores, and statistics http://www.cbssports.com
Suicide This category covers websites that offer, detail, promote, or advocate suggestions, instructions, descriptions or methods on how to commit suicide https://www.mydeath-mydecision.org.uk/
Tabloids This category covers soft pornography and celebrity gossip sites. They are often associated with a printed publication of the same type http://www.thesun.co.uk/
Time Wasters This category covers websites containing general information on which users tend to spend a lot of time http://www.reddit.com
Travel This category covers websites that allow the users to book or plan trips, holidays or flights.
These types of websites can also contain travel tips, destination information, and other renting services
http://www.tripadvisor.com
Weapons This category covers websites that present guns, related to gun or ammunition purchasing, manufacturing and usage, about hunting resources along with air-soft and melee weapons http://www.thegunsource.com/
Web Mail This category covers websites that describe or provide mail services http://www.gmail.com
Web Proxy This category covers web sites which provide web proxy service, that, through a web application, allow the user to spoof his identification data for anonymous browsing, to access prohibited content, to avoid company monitoring or to avoid certain imposed constraints (location constraints) http://www.hidemyass.com

 

note Note:
Financial* - In GravityZone Control Center you can find this category under the name "Banks"

 

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