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Web Filtering Policies

Web filtering in the application is organized using the idea of filtering policies. A policy is just a collection of filtering rules applied to the specified members (users, addresses, etc).

By default, the application has 4 pre-installed policies described below.

Name Priority Description
Relaxed 3 This policy only blocks web advertisements and lets everything else pass through. Use this policy for users which require only minimal level of web filtering.
Strict 2 This policy was specifically designed to protect from explicit and adult parts of the modern Internet. It blocks known sites for adults, pages with explicit content and excessive web ads. This policy is usually activated for example, for all students computers in schools as well as for network devices (pcs, phones, tablets) that are used by children at home.
Locked 1 This policy blocks access to any web site except those specified in the exclusion list. Use this policy for kiosk mode deployments where only several sites are allowed and everything else is blocked.
Default default This policy has moderate filtering settings and acts as default policy for the network. It blocks known adult-only sites, pages with explicit content and excessive web ads.

Policy Selection Algorithm

When the application accepts a new request from the client it needs to select the filtering policy. In order to do that, the following algorithm is applied.

  1. Policies are sorted according to the priority (from high to low).
  2. Looping over the sorted policies the application checks if the attributes of the connecting client (IP address, authenticated user name, etc) match the policy members.
  3. If match is found the filtering rules of the matched policy are applied. The request is either allowed or denied. Web filtering algorithm is completed.
  4. Otherwise policy selection loop continues.
  5. If no policies were matched, default policy is applied.

Note

Note the policy selection algorithm stops after the first matching policy is found. No other policies are checked after successful match. This is so by design and keeps the system simple and predictable.

Managing Policies

The policies are managed using the main Web Filtering Proxy node in Admin UI as indicated on the following screenshot. After selecting a single policy in the list, its corresponding menu is displayed at the right bottom part of the Admin UI.

List of Policies

The administrator can add, edit and remove policies using the context menus. Note that it is not possible to remove the default policy.