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URL Filtering: Computers / Internet Category

We are running a trial with App & URL filtering on R80.  At the moment we have used the CP categories to broad stroke sites and apps we want to block.  Hit an issue with the category Computers / Internet, which contains a bunch of stuff (some quite random) that we want to block.  Our issue is this category also contains CDN networks so breaks a bunch of stuff.

Options seem to be :

1 - Enable the block on the category and triage the CDN issues.

2 - Ignore the category and simply block the apps within it.  Feels like this will also open us up to whatever URL's are filtered in that category.

Wondering how other people in the community have handled this?

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Admin
Admin

Re: URL Filtering: Computers / Internet Category

Curious, have you enabled HTTPS Categorization?

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Re: URL Filtering: Computers / Internet Category

Hi

Yes we have. Official word from CP is you either disable and allow, or allow and block.  

Trouble for me is mostly around the URL filtering, it uses this same categorisation and there seems to be a very loose set of URL's in there.  Other than the URL search function CP provide I can't find a way to look at the list that category will block.  Enabling it breaks lots.

I think we are going to have to leave it disabled.

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Admin
Admin

Re: URL Filtering: Computers / Internet Category

Even if we were to provide a list of URLs in a given category, it can change on a moment-by-moment basis, so any such list is likely to be out of date pretty quickly. Smiley Happy

Re: URL Filtering: Computers / Internet Category

Noted, and once this is fully implemented I expect it to be light touch.

But right now we don't know what URL's are going to be blocked on anyone category.  If CP can provide a page to look them up it wouldn't seem a stretch to supply the lost.

Computers / Internet is particularly vague and broad. Have seen sites from CDN, to Regex, to Pingdom.

This is a POC so we will just work around it.

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Admin
Admin

Re: URL Filtering: Computers / Internet Category

We do have such a page: URL Categorization

Re: URL Filtering: Computers / Internet Category

 If CP can provide a page to look them up it wouldn't seem a stretch to supply the lost.

or I should say, show me all the URL's in a category at this given time.  Happy they might change but at the moment I'm enabling a category blind.

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Admin
Admin

Re: URL Filtering: Computers / Internet Category

The category description provides a few representative samples of URLs in a given category.

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide a complete list.

And yes, Computers / Internet covers a wide range of sites.

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Employee+
Employee+

Re: URL Filtering: Computers / Internet Category

Have you considered using inline policy and/or Override Categorization / Creating Custom Applications and Sites ?

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Neil_ZInk
Copper

Re: URL Filtering: Computers / Internet Category

we are constantly running up against CDNs being categorized incorrectly.   Adding a customer application does not help.  i would be interested in hearing a better solution as more and more applications are going Could IP spaces.  

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