Web Filter 3

Local Categories

The simplest way to manage local categories is to use the Reviews, Unknown URLs, and Mobile Filter Unknown URLs reports to categorize the sites your users are attempting to access.

You can also edit the local categories by clicking the category name, and then adding sites manually.

  • Localallow – The local-allow category allows you to unblock sites that would ordinarily be blocked by the Lightspeed Systems database
  • Localblock – The local-block allows you to block sites that are normally allowed by the Lightspeed Systems database

  • 1. Click Web Filter, then click Categories.
  • 2. On the Categories page, scroll down to Local Categories.

  • 3. In the Local Categories grid, click the green “+” icon. This action opens the following page:

  • 4. In the Add Local Category form, edit the fields as needed.
  • 5. 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 Local Category. This name will be listed on the Edit Rule Set
Description Enter a brief description.
Redirect URL When a user requests a site within a blocked category, the user’s browser will be redirected to the URL you enter here.

  • Enter the destination URL for sites in this category. For example, you can redirect requests for Google.com, Yahoo.com, and other search engines to a child-safe site such as RefSeek.
  • Leave this field blank to redirect to the Access Page when a user requests a blocked site within this category.
Set default behavior to block Select (check) this check box to block all sites in this list. Instead of opening the requested page, the Web Filter will either redirect the request to the Redirect URL specified above, or to the Access Page.

 

  • 1. Click Web Filter, then click Categories.
  • 2. On the Categories page, scroll down to Local Categories.

  • 3. Click the name to edit the item. This action opens the following page:

  • 4. In the Edit Category form, edit the fields as needed.
  • 5. Click Save to apply your changes, or click Cancel to discard your changes and return to the previous page.

Configurable Fields on this Page

  • Name – Enter a name for this Local Category. This name will be listed on the Edit Rule Set
  • Description – Enter a brief description.
  • Redirect URL – When a user requests a site within a blocked category, the user’s browser will be redirected to the URL you enter here.
    • Enter the destination URL for sites in this category. For example, you can redirect requests for Google.com, Yahoo.com, and other search engines to a child-safe site such as RefSeek.
    • Leave this field blank to redirect to the Access Page when a user requests a blocked site within this category.

 

  • 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.

 

Categories with Local Changes

You have the option to use one of the standard Lightspeed categories instead of adding a domain to a local category. There are a couple of reasons to use this option:

  • Reports – recategorized domains will be associated with meaningful category names, without requiring you to duplicate the list of default filter categories.
  • Block Page – users will see a meaningful category name when accessing a blocked page, again without requiring you to duplicate the list of default filter categories.

Domains are added to local and standard categories from the Categorized Sites page.

If you’re not using the proxy option on the Web Filter to decrypt SSL, your staff may be frustrated by their inability to access some https sites including social media, shopping, and banking. LSoverride.me is a simple way to make everyone happy. It’s a special domain owned by Lightspeed Systems that will allow an end user to activate any available overrides in the rule set assigned to them.

The following steps illustrate how to properly use LSoverride.me:

1. Navigate to Categories and choose an existing category that you already allow overrides for, or create a custom category and set its default behavior to Block. Add LSoverride.me to that category. In the screenshot below, we have created a custom category.

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2. Navigate to Rule Sets. For each Rule Set where you are allowing overrides, make sure that the category containing LSoverride.me (in our case, “LSoverride Sample”) is blocked and that the Override check box is checked next to it.

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3. Direct your end users to http://lsoverride.me whenever they need to activate their overrides to access social media or other https sites. Users will be presented with the Access Page and will be able to activate the overrides and access the resources they need.

Note: Do not use “www” when inputting the LSoverride.me URL, as it will cause an error.