Url Blacklist

URL Blacklist

This section allows you to use any flat-file URL blacklist databases, like the ones obtained from http://www.shallalist.de/ and http://www.urlblacklist.com/ to restrict access to websites based on content category like porn, adult, webmail, jobsearch, entertainment, etc. These sites maintain a well categorized list of various websites and pages. This is an excellent resource for an administrator seeking granularity in enforcing a corporate policy that allows or disallows only certain kinds of web-sites to be accessible by specific users, groups or networks.

NOTE: SafeSquid has its own real-time website categorization service - cProfiles. Unlike traditional URL Blacklists that only allow you to block or allow access to websites based on their categories, cProfiles allows you to take a variety of actions. For example, block cookies if a website belongs to 'Ads' category, allow 'Social' category only between 1pm to 2pm, allow 'Multimedia' category only at 5 kbps, etc.


Web Filter Proxy Interface Screen-shot - URL Blacklist

Main Section

This option allows you to enable, or completely disable the URL Blacklist Section irrespective of the rules defined in the section

Yes - Enable URL Blacklist Section
No - Disable URL Blacklist Section
Defines the Global Policy for the URL Blacklist Section

Allow - Allow everything, and deny ONLY the rules under the 'Deny' subsection
Deny - Deny everything, and allow ONLY the rules under the 'Allow' subsection
Blacklist path
The path to urlblacklist database. The default path is /opt/safesquid/urlbl. Untar (unzip) the downloaded urlblacklist database here. Please note that the complete database is loaded into the system memory, when SafeSquid service starts. If you plan to use only specific categories, then copy only those category directories in this location. This will help save memory resources, which would otherwise be unnecessarily used up by unwanted categories.
Default template
The template to display for blocked sites. If left blank, default template is used. You can design and display custom templates. For details, check Customisable Templates

Allow / Deny Subsection

You can define rules either under the Allow or Deny subsection, depending on the selected Policy. If Policy is Allow, you should define rules under the Deny subsection, and If Policy is Deny, you should define rules under the Allow subsection. In the above example, the Policy is Allow. Hence, rules are defined in the Deny subsection to deny access to adult, porn and jobsearch categories.

This option allows you to enable or disable a rule.

Yes - Enable this rule
No - Disable this rule
A comment for future reference explaining what this rule does
A comma separated list of Profiles on which this rule should apply. The rule applies to every one if this field is left blank
A comma separated list of URL Blacklist Categories, existing in the Blacklist Path, that you want to allow / deny.
Template to display, when this specific rule matches. If left blank, Default Template is used.
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