You can access the settings by navigating to Web Filter > Policies > URL Patterns
URL Patterns are lists of domains, pages, IP addresses, or text within URLs that can override the “allow” or “block” settings for a Database Category in a Rule Set.
Use URL patterns to create “exceptions” for URLs that should be handled differently from the category settings for the domain. For example:
- Allow individual videos from a video site that would otherwise be blocked.
- Temporarily allow or block sites or pages without having to recategorize them.
- Block an entire top level domain such as “.info”, which is a popular location for proxies.
Important: Sites that match a URL Pattern will override “Force safe search” in the rule set where the URL Pattern is assigned. For example, adding google.com or youtube.com to a URL pattern will effectively disable Safe Search.
Note: For most applications, categorization is the preferred method for allowing and blocking URLs. URL patterns, especially those with wildcards, can impact performance if used excessively.
Note: A URL pattern is not active until you assign it to a rule set.