Web Filter 3

Blocked Search Keywords

Blocked Search Keywords Basics

You can access the settings by navigating to Web Filter > Policies > Blocked Search Keywords

The Blocked Search Keywords page is where you define words the Web Filter module should block when a user attempts to search for websites to visit. If a user’s search text matches an entry in a blocked keyword list, the search query is blocked and the user is presented with a blocked message page.

Use this page to add and update lists of inappropriate search keywords. This is particularly helpful when you have users searching for keywords that are not automatically blocked by the Web Filter. You can use your reports to identify which keywords users are searching for in order to block the inappropriate ones.

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Adding a Blocked Search Keywords List

Note: Blocked Search Keywords Lists do not take effect until you assign them to a Rule Set.

  • 1. Click Web Filter, then click Blocked Search Keywords.
  • 2. On the Blocked Search Keywords page, click the green “+” icon. This action opens the following page:

  • 3. In the Blocked Search Keywords 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 Blocked Search Keywords List. This name will be listed in the Search Engine Controls grid on the Edit Rule Set page.

Description Enter a brief description for this Blocked Search Keywords List.
Keyword List Add keywords to the list as follows:

  • One entry per line.
  • Press {Enter] between entries.
  • Wildcards are not supported.
  • Exact phrases are not supported. For example, keywords “one two three” would match a search for “one two three” as well as “two three one” and “five four three two one”. It is considered a match if all of the search keywords are present in some fashion.

Editing a Blocked Search Keywords List

Note: Blocked Search Keyword Lists do not take effect until you assign them to a Rule Set.
  • 1. Click Web Filter, then click Blocked Search Keywords.
  • 2. On the Blocked Search Keywords page, click the name to edit the item. This action opens the following page:

  • 3. In the Edit Blocked Search Keywords 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 Blocked Search Keywords List. This name will be listed in the Search Engine Controls grid on the Edit Rule Set page.

Description Enter a brief description for this Blocked Search Keywords List.
Keyword List Add keywords to the list as follows:

  • One entry per line.
  • Press {Enter] between entries.
  • Wildcards are not supported.
  • Exact phrases are not supported. For example, keywords “one two three” would match a search for “one two three” as well as “two three one” and “five four three two one”. It is considered a match if all of the search keywords are present in some fashion.

Deleting a Blocked Search Keywords List

Note: You cannot delete a Blocked Search Keywords 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.

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

Assigning a Blocked Keyword Search List to a Rule Set

Note: Blocked Keyword Search lists do not take effect until you assign them to a Rule Set.

If you have not already done so, create the Blocked Keyword Search List.

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

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

  • 4. Select (check) each blocked search keywords list 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.