Using Categories for URL Filtering

WebTitan allows you to define URL filtering policies. You may want to set the content of URLs to be monitored for particular phrases.

URL filtering categories

WebTitan provides 53 predefined categories of websites you may wish to restrict. These include:

  • Gambling – containing URLs for gambling related websites
  • Chat / IM – conatining chat / messaging related content
  • Dating – all the URLs related with dating websites
  • Entertainment and Videos – YouTube and more
  • Job Search – containing URLs for job seekers

You can use these categories to specify if you want to allow or block access to any of the categories during Work or Non-work times. Note that a URL may belong to more than one category.

The Categories available in WebTitan for Web Filtering and URL Filtering:

1. Alcohol:
Web pages that promote, advocate or sell alcohol including beer, wine and hard liquor.

2. Anonymizer:
Web pages that promote proxies and anonymizers for surfing websites with the intent of circumventing filters.

3. Art:
Theater, museums, exhibits, photography, and digital graphic resources.

4. Business/Services:
General business websites.

5. Cars/Transportation:
Vehicles including selling, promoting, or discussion.

6. Chat/Instant Messaging:
Communication through chat or Instant Messaging services as well as sites with information about Instant Messaging communication or chatrooms. A particularly popular category with the increased popularity of FaceBook messenger. WebTitan has the functionality to allow access to Facebook but block Facebook messenger.

7. Community Sites:
Newsgroup sites and posting including forums and bulletin boards.

8. Compromised:
Web pages that have been compromised by someone other than the site owner, which appear to be legitimate but house malicious code. A very dangerous category in terms of malware threats.

9. Computers and Technology:
Sites with information about computers, software, hardware, peripheral and computers services.

10. Criminal Skills/Hacking:
Activities that violate human rights including murder, sabotage, bomb building etc. Information about illegal manipulation of electronic devices, encryption, misuse, and fraud. Warez and other illegal software distribution.

11. Dating:
Web pages that promote relationships such as dating sites and marriage sites.

12. Download Sites:
Shareware, Freeware and other software. P2P sites and software.

13. Education:
Educational institutions and schools. Educational and reference materials including dictionaries, encyclopedias.

14. Entertainment and Videos:
Web sites for videos, TV and motion picture including celebrity sites and entertainment news.

15. Finance:
Bank and insurance companies and other financial institutions. Active trading of certificates and stocks.

16. Gambling:
Web pages which promote gambling, betting, lotteries, casinos and betting agencies involving chance.

17. Games:
Web pages consisting of computer games, game producers and online gaming.

18. Government:
Government organizations, departments, or agencies. Includes police, fire, hospitals.

19. Hate Speech:
Web pages that promote extreme right/left wing groups, sexism, racism, religious hate and other discrimination.

20. Health
Personal health and medical services including sites with information on equipment, procedures, etc.

21. Home/Leisure:
Sites with information about home improvement and decorating, family, gardening, hobbies, etc.

22. Humor:
Web pages which include comics, jokes and other humorous content.

23. Illegal Drugs:
Web pages that promote the use or information of common illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription drugs and compounds.

24. Job Search:
Web pages devoted to job searches or agencies, career planning and human resources.

25. Mature:
Sites not appropriate for children. Includes sites with content about alternative lifestyles, profanity, etc.

26. Military:
Web pages sponsored by the armed forces and government controlled agencies.

27. Miscellaneous:
Content Servers used to supply supplementary website content, or web pages that do not clearly fall into any other category.

28. Music:
Web pages that include internet radio and streaming media, musicians, bands, MP3 and media downloads.

29. News:
Web pages with general news information such as newspapers and magazines

30. Non-profits:
Clubs, communities, unions, and non-profit organizations.

31. Nudity:
Web pages that display full or partial nudity with no sexual references or intent

32. Online Ads:
Web pages strictly devoted to advertising graphics, banners, or pop-up ad content

33. Personal Webpages:
Websites about or hosted by personal individuals. Communication through blogs and guestbook servers. Information on personal hobbies and activities.

34. Pharmacy:
Web pages which include prescribed medications and information about approved drugs and their medical use

35. Phishing/Fraud:
Manipulated web pages and emails used for fraudulent purposes, also known as phishing

36. Politics and Law:
Sites that promote a political parties and interest groups. Information on elections and legislation. Sites that offer legal information and advice.

37. Pornography/Sex:
Explicit sexual content unsuitable for persons under the age of 18.

WebTitan filters objectionable sites like pornography

38. Portal Sites:
General web pages with customized personal portals, including white/yellow pages

39. Real Estate:
Web pages possessing information about renting, purchasing, selling or financing real estate including homes, apartments, office space, etc.

40. Religion:
Religious sites and information. Includes Sects, cults, occultism and religious fundamentalism.

41. Restaurants:
Food, dining and catering services including sites that provide reviews, advertisement or other promotion.

42. Search Engines:
Web pages supporting the searching of web, newsgroups, pictures, directories, and other online content

43. Shopping:
Online shops, catalogs and online ordering. Auction sites and advertising. Classified ads. Excludes shopping for products and services exclusively covered by another category such as health.

44. Social Networking:
Social networking web pages and online communities built around communities of people where users “connect” to other users

45. Spam:
Products and web pages promoted through spam techniques. Very important for malware protection.

46. Sports and Recreation:
Sports teams, fan clubs and news. Recreation activities including zoos, public recreation centers, pools, amusement parks

47. Spyware and Malicious Sites:
Sites or software that install on a user’s computer with the intent to collect information or make system changes without the user’s consent. A must block category.

48. Tobacco:
Web pages promoting the use of tobacco related products (cigarettes, cigars, pipes)

49. Translator:
Web pages which translate languages from one to another

50. Travel:
Web pages which provide travel and tourism information, online booking or travel services such as airlines, car rentals, and hotels

51. Violence:
Web pages that promote questionable activities such as violence and militancy

52. Weapons:
Web pages that include guns and weapons

53. Web-based Email:
Web pages which enable users to send and/or receive email through a web accessible email account

URL Filtering Categories
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