Okyo Garde automatically protects all devices on your network from security threats with its malware and phishing filters. As needed, you can further limit content or sites that people can access by applying a filter to their user profile. You can filter broadly by content category (e.g., Adult content) or add a specific restriction for a site’s domain (e.g., towngossip.com).

Content filter options

You can set Content filters to one of three options:

  1. Allowed – Initial state of all content filters, allowing full access to all sites in this category.

  2. Blocked – Attempts to access sites in this category are blocked and each attempt is recorded as a content incident for the user’s profile.

  3. Watching – Full access is allowed to sites in this category, but each visit is reported as a content incident for the user’s profile so you can monitor activity.

Content categories to filter

Okyo Garde splits content filter categories into sites that contain objectionable content or distractions. The categories are based on Palo Alto Networks’ database of URL filtering categories.

Objectionable Content

  1. Adult – Sexually explicit material, media (including language), art, and/or products, online groups or forums that are sexually explicit in nature. Sites that promote adult services such as video/telephone conferencing, escort services, strip clubs, etc. Anything containing adult content (even if it's games or comics) will be categorized as adult. Also includes sites that contain nude or seminude depictions of the human body, regardless of context or intent, such as artwork. This includes nudist or naturist sites containing images of participants.

  2. Abused Drugs – Sites that promote the abuse of both legal and illegal drugs, use and sale of drug related paraphernalia, manufacturing and/or selling of drugs.

  3. Extremism – Websites promoting terrorism, racism, fascism, or other extremist views discriminating against people or groups of different ethnic backgrounds, religions or other beliefs.

  4. Gambling – Lottery or gambling websites that facilitate the exchange of real and/or virtual money. Related websites that provide information, tutorials or advice on gambling, including betting odds and pools.

  5. Weapons – Sales, reviews, descriptions of or instructions regarding weapons and their use.

Distractions

  1. Social Networking – User communities and sites where users interact with each other, post messages, pictures, or otherwise communicate with groups of people. It does not include blogs or personal sites.

  2. Streaming Media – Sites that stream audio or video content for free and/or purchase. This includes online radio stations and other streaming music services.

  3. Games – Sites that provide online play or download of video and/or computer games, game reviews, tips, or cheats, as well as instructional sites for non-electronic games, sale/trade of board games, or related publications/media. This includes sites that support or host online sweepstakes and/or giveaways.

Examples - Using Content Filters

You run a small business and you allow visitors to use your Guest Wi-Fi, and you want to maintain a family-friendly atmosphere for all your guests. You would set the Adult category to Blocked for the Guest profile.

You might have a parenting philosophy where you prefer to have a discussion with your child when they encounter objectionable content, rather than just block it outright for them. You might set Extremism and Drugs categories to Watching so you can know when a discussion is needed.

Restricting specific sites

There may be specific sites that you want to restrict, regardless of your content filter settings. The restriction you add applies to the entire site and any variations of its web address. For example, if you were to block risky.com, any variations of this address are also blocked, such as www.risky.com, risky.com/images, and us.risky.com. There are three lists for restricted sites:

  1. Allowed – Sites you add to this list are always allowed, even if they would have been blocked by a content filter setting.

  2. Blocked – Attempts to access any sites you add to this list are always blocked and each attempt is recorded as a content incident for the user’s profile.

  3. Watching – Sites you add to this list can be accessed, but each site visit is reported as a content incident for the user’s profile so you can monitor activity.

Important: Do not watch or allow sites blocked by security filters

It’s possible to allow or watch sites that are blocked by malware or phishing security filters, but we do not recommend it. This would prevent Okyo Garde from protecting devices from threats that originate from those sites.

Examples - using Restricted Sites

As a parent, you may have blocked social networking sites but you want to make an exception for one site your children can access. You can add that site domain, such as Instagram.com, to the Allowed list.

As a parent, you may not be using any content filters, but you learn from other parents of a site that is posting some very inappropriate content. You can add that site to the Blocked list to keep your children from visiting it.

Additional ways to filter content

Okyo Garde provides some additional filtering options for your network:

  1. Safe Search: You can select Safe Search to block inappropriate or offensive content from appearing in most search results, such as Google search.

  2. Bypass Sites: Bypass sites are services that conceal your activity on the internet and could be used to bypass content and security filters. For example, you may be blocking gambling content, but a person on your network who is blocked could try to use a bypass site service to get around your filter. Selecting this option prevents access to these services.

  3. Ad Blocking: You can choose to block most ads from appearing when browsing the internet.

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