Configure Website Controls
Create a URL Filtering profile or select an existing one.
Because the default URL filtering profile blocks risky and threat-prone content, it is a best practice to clone this profile to preserve these default settings, rather than creating a new profile.
Objects > Security Profiles >
Select the default profile and then click
Clone. The new profile will be named default-1.
Select the new profile and rename it.
Define how to control access to web content.
tab, for each category that you want visibility into or control over, select a value from the
column as follows:
If you do not care about traffic to a particular category (that is you neither want to block it nor log it), select
For visibility into traffic to sites in a category, select
To deny access to traffic that matches the category and to enable logging of the blocked traffic, select
To require users to click Continue to proceed to a questionable site, select
To only allow access if users provide a configured password, select override. For more details on this setting, see
Configure URL Admin Override.
Define websites that should always be blocked or allowed.
For example, to reduce URL filtering logs, you may want add you corporate websites in the allow list, so no logs will be generated for those sites. Or, if there is a website this is being overly used and is not work related in any way, you can add it to the block list.
Items in the block list will always be blocked regardless of the action for the associated category, and URLs in the allow list will always be allowed.
For more information on the proper format and wildcards usage, see
Block and Allow Lists.
In the URL filtering profile, enter URLs or IP addresses in the
and select an action:
—Block the URL.
—Prompt users click
to proceed to the web page.
—The user will be a prompted for a password to continue to the website.
—Allow the user to access the website and add an alert log entry in the URL log.
list, enter IP addresses or URLs that should always be allowed. Each row must be separated by a new line.
Enable Safe Search Enforcement.
Modify the setting to log
Log container page only
option is enabled by default so that only the main page that matches the category is logged, not subsequent pages/categories that may be loaded within the container page. To enable logging for all pages/categories, clear the
Log container page only
HTTP Header Logging
for one or more of the supported HTTP header fields.
To log an HTTP header field, select one or more of the following fields to log:
Save the URL filtering profile.
Customize the URL Filtering Response Pages.
To test the URL filtering configuration, simply access a website in a category that is set to block or continue to see if the appropriate action is performed.