The first thing we must do is click on «add” in the section of “Custom Group List» to proceed to add the list of websites that we want to allow or deny. The most normal thing in an organization would be to allow all websites except those that are specifically prohibited, such as adult content, videos in general and other uses that should not be allowed in an organization. In these menus we must choose if we want a filter based only on URL, on categories or on both.
The most usual thing is to have both, that is, we have a filter by categories and then if any of these categories do not filter the pages that we want, then we put the URLs directly in the menu.
The categories that we have available are many, so we are going to have great versatility when configuring this very interesting function. By default, we have some categories that are prohibited and listed as parental controls, here we will have adult content, terrorism, drugs, gambling, malicious and violent sites. In addition, we ourselves can add more categories, specifically all those on the left side.
Once we have selected the categories we want, and also which URL we want to block, we should get something like this:
Now we will have configured the profile to apply it later. Now in the section «Web Content Filter List»We must click on «Add». In the new menu we have all the options available to configure this content filtering in detail, then we leave you the configuration that we have made and what options we have available:
- Yam: We must give a name to this blocking that we are going to carry out.
- Non-Managed Action: we leave it with the default value which is “Allow”.
- Allow override: we leave it with the default value which is “Disable”.
- Policy Rule Setup:
- policy: what policy should we follow, if allow content we flag or block it. Since we’ve created a permissive list, what we’re going to do is allow everything except what is specifically marked as blocked.
- Schedule: we can program that this content blocking only works at a certain time, days, etc. The most normal thing is that it is always activated, for this reason we have chosen «always on«.
- Policy Scope Setup:
- Policy Scope: we must leave it in Global.
- Filter Type: we can choose between «Default category» to choose one or several categories that we want. We can also chooseurl» to add the URLs in this section, as we did before. Of course, we can choose “Default Category + URL” to have a combination of both. Finally, we have the “Custom Group” option to configure the custom group that we have previously configured.
Our recommendation is to choose the Custom Group that we have chosen before, because this way we have the possibility of modifying the categories or URLs to block, without having to edit the general blocking rule.
Once it is configured, we can see in the menu «Web Content Filter List» this configuration that we have made. A very important aspect is that when adding it, we will have to click on «enable» in the column of «activeotherwise this list we just set up will be disabled and won’t work. Once we have made the configuration, we must click on “Push Configuration” and wait a few seconds until the applied configuration is available.
If we try to enter one of the websites blocked by our web content filter through “URL”, we can see that it is blocked and that we will not be able to access it. Later, we have also tried to enter an adult website to confirm that the filtering by categories works, and indeed, we have tried several very popular ones and the blocking works perfectly.
As you can see, configuring web content filtering on this D-Link DBG-2000 with Nuclias Cloud is a really simple process.
We could have directly configured the content policy in the “Web Content Filter List” rule, but we think it is easier to create a custom list and then use it in the general rule, in order to make it much easier for us to edit this custom rule, to add or remove, and even if we want to create others to adapt it to our needs.