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.
- Local–allow – The local-allow category allows you to unblock sites that would ordinarily be blocked by the Lightspeed Systems database
- Local–block – The local-block allows you to block sites that are normally allowed by the Lightspeed Systems database
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. In the screenshot below, we have created a custom category.
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.
3. Move lsoverride.me into the category created or identified in step 1. You can do this by going to Web Filter > Categorized Sites and teaching lsoverride.me. Then click the result and change the category in the Edit Domain modal. (See full instructions on how to recategorize a site here.)
4. 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.