Web Filter 3

Allowed Referrers

Allowed Referrers Basics

You can access the settings by navigating to Web Filter > Policeis > Allowed Referrers

If users access an allowed website that incorporates content from blocked websites, the content from those websites will be blocked.

Example: southernacademy.org, Southern Academy’s website, has pages that its teachers use for instruction. If the southernacademy.org page embeds a video from vimeo.com and vimeo.com is blocked, adding an allowed referrer of southernacademy.org will allow the Vimeo videos to play on southernacademy.org but continue to be blocked when a user attempts to access the Vimeo video on vimeo.com.

Use the Allowed Referrers page to create lists of domains that can load content from websites that are normally blocked.

Note: This feature is only available for the inline Web Filter. It is not currently supported for mobile or proxy clients.

Adding an Allowed Referrers List

Note: Allowed Referrers Lists do not take effect until you assign them to a Rule Set.
  • 1. Click Web Filter, then click Allowed Referrers.
  • 2. In the Allowed Referrers grid, click the green “+” icon. This action opens the following page:

  • 3. In the New Allowed Referrers List form, edit the fields as needed.
  • 4. Click Save to apply your changes, or click Cancel to discard your changes and return to the previous page.
Note: HTTPS traffic is not affected by referrers.
Field Name Description
Name Enter a name for this Allowed Referrers List. This name will be listed in the Allowed Referrers grid on the Edit Rule Set page.

Description Enter a brief description for this Allowed Referrers List.
Referrer List Add domains that can be trusted as referrers for embedded content and links. URLs (web links) must be in the proper format. Do not include “http://” or “https://” in the URL.
Note: Sites in the porn and security categories will always be blocked.

Editing an Allowed Referrers List

Note: Allowed Referrers Lists do not take effect until you assign them to a Rule Set.

  • 1. Click Web Filter, then click Allowed Referrers.
  • 2. On the Allowed Referrers page, click the name to edit the item. This action opens the following page:

  • 3. In the Edit Allowed Referrers List form, edit the fields as needed.
  • 4. Click Save to apply your changes, or click Cancel to discard your changes and return to the previous page.
Field Name Description
Name Enter a name for this Allowed Referrers List. This name will be listed in the Allowed Referrers grid on the Edit Rule Set page.

Description Enter a brief description for this Allowed Referrers List.
Referrer List Add domains that can be trusted as referrers for embedded content and links. URLs (web links) must be in the proper format. Do not include “http://” or “https://” in the URL.
Note: Sites in the porn and security categories will always be blocked.

Assigning an Allowed Referrers List to a Rule Set

If you have not already done so, create the Allowed Referrers List.

  • 1. Click Web Filter, then open the Policy Management menu and click Rule Sets.

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  • 2. Click the name to edit the Rule Set.
  • 3. On the Rule Set page, scroll down to Search Engines.

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  • 4. Select (check) each allowed referrer to assign to this Rule Set.
  • 5. Click Save to apply your changes, or click Cancel to discard your changes and return to the previous page.

Deleting an Allowed Referrers List

Note: You cannot delete an Allowed Referrers List if it has been assigned to a rule set.
  • To delete (permanently remove) an item, mouse over the item you wish to remove, then click the X on the right side of the row. You will be prompted to confirm the action.

Deleting Allowed Referrer List

Caution: Items deleted this way are permanently removed, and cannot be recovered.