Web Content Category Filtering

BrowseControl’s web content category filtering database provides you with a convenient way to block millions of websites across over 100 URL categories. Easily block users from accessing social media, porn, games, known virus-infected websites, and more!


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Web Category Filtering


  • Meet CIPA compliance by blocking categories of websites that are not age-appropriate such as porn
  • Effortlessly block millions of web pages across 100+ URL categories
  • Customize the website category database locally to suit the needs of your environment
  • Ensure employees only use the internet to access business sites
  • Easily block a particular category for some users while allowing it for others

URL Filtering

With the Allowed URLs List you can restrict internet access to only specific websites or exempt specific websites that are blocked by the Category Filtering feature.

With the Blocked URLs List you can block specific websites while allowing access to the rest of the internet.

  • Block (Blacklist) URLs to block users from accessing websites

  • Allow (Whitelist) URLs to set exceptions for websites you would like to allow

  • Create unique URL filtering lists for each group of users or devices

Screenshot of the URL filter from BrowseControl, CurrentWare's web filtering software
Screenshot of the URL filter from BrowseControl, CurrentWare's web filtering software

Web Category Lookup Tool

 With BrowseControl’s web category lookup tool you can find out what URL categories a given website belongs to. It includes sites used by BrowseControl’s category web filtering database.

    Benefits of Web Filtering Tools

    • Increase Productivity: Nearly 82% of employees surveyed in the “On Cyberslacking: Workplace Status and Personal Internet Use at Work” report admitted to using the internet for personal reasons during work hours. A web filter can be used to block access to commonly abused websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
    • Network Security: Malicious and compromised websites can stealthily infect networks with drive-by downloads. All an employee has to do is stumble upon one of these sites on social media or a phishing email for an exploit to compromise the network. A web filter adds an added layer of security by blocking these websites from being accessed in your network.
    • Data Loss Prevention: Unauthorized cloud storage, social networks, and web apps provide channels where sensitive data can be leaked. A web filter can proactively prevent access to these channels and stop employees from mishandling data.
    • Workplace Behavior: A web filter limits opportunities for employees to access NSFW content such as pornography, reducing inappropriate web usage that would otherwise contribute to a hostile work environment.
    • Bandwidth Management: Streaming videos from Netflix can consume up to 7GB of data per hour. Employees that use the company internet to stream videos waste valuable bandwidth and ruin the productivity of their coworkers by dramatically slowing down the speed of the internet.
    Web page display of categories such as music and sports.

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    URL Filtering Categories Available for Blocking & Monitoring

    These URL filtering categories are used by BrowseControl’s category filtering feature and BrowseReporter’s internet activity reports, giving you full control and insights into the types of content being accessed by students, employees, and patrons.

    NameDescriptionSafe for Kids?Contains Nudity?
    Abortion and pregnancySites that talk about: Pregnancy, Abortion, Pregnancy termination, Pro life and Pro choiceNoNo
    Actors and modelsThis category appears only when filtering search results it will appear when the search result is an actor/model.MaybeMaybe
    AdsSites that serve ads, or are an ads agency (ads agency are preferably marketing or marketing/ads, but sometimes it's impossible to distinguish)DependsMaybe
    AdultSites that contain adult content, either graphically or in text, but is not Pornographic in nature.NoMaybe
    Adult datingSites that deal with adult dating (contains sexual content).NoMaybe
    AISites that are about AI (artificial intelligence) or offer such servicesYesNo
    AlcoholSites that deal with alcohol, this includes: Wine, Brewing, Winemaking, Vineyards, Beer and bars.NoNo
    Alternative medicineSites that are about alternative medicineYesNo
    AnnoyancesSites that are annoying, mostly popups, this category is provided for PerPageSDK only.MaybeMaybe
    AnorexySites that are about: Anorexy, Bulemia, and eating disorders.NoNo
    APIHosts that are use as an API for software/browser, which don't have visible data.YesNo
    ArtsSites about: Arts, Arts museums, Plays, Paintings, Poems, and Artists.YesNo
    AstrologySites that deal with divination: Astrology, Palmistry, Cold reading methods, Card reading, Tarot and seeing the future.YesNo
    BanksBanking sitesYesNo
    Beauty and FashionSites that talk about: Life style, Beauty, Personal care, Wrist watches, Jewelry, Cosmetics, Perfumes, Personal grooming, Hair/Nail salons and Weddings.DependsLight
    BitcoinBitcoin and other crypto currency related sitesYesNo
    BlogsSites that are blogs, if the content of the site is not safe, it will be in another or extra category.YesNo
    BookmarksSites that are a repository of bookmarks, can be a social bookmarking service as well.YesNo
    Books or comicsSites that are about: Books, Libraries, Book shops and Author's pages. There are new category for comics, the name in the category is for backward compatibility only.YesNo
    Business and servicesSites belonging to a business or a service provider that doesn't fall under any of the other categories.YesNo
    Bypass protectionSites that are used to bypass parental controls software and components, VPN and Proxies fall under the Proxy category.NoMaybe
    CDNCDN Sites, they serve content of others, some CDNs can server both safe and unsafe sites.DependsMaybe
    Celebrity gossipSites that are about celebrity gossip, if contains nudity, it will come with an additional category that indicates it.MaybeMaybe
    ChatsSites that are mostly online chats, or chat/messaging applications.DependsNo
    ClassifiedsClassifieds sites, second hand sales/services, yelp.YesNo
    Clothing and fashionSites that are about: Clothing/shoes, Fashion, Clothing/shoes shop, Hand bags, clothing/shoes manufacturer.YesNo
    Community and societySites that are about: Charity, Community (helping other), Fundraising.YesNo
    Computer gamesSites that are about computer games or online games (some games can be violent like GTA).DependsNo
    Consumer reviewsConsumer and products review sitesYesNo
    Contact sportSites that are about contact sports, like: Martial arts, WWE, UFC and MMA.YesNo
    Cooking and foodSites that are about: Cooking, Food, Non alcoholic beverages, Recipes, Food shopping - excluding restaurants.YesNo
    CrimeSites that are about crime (either covering it, or giving crime instructions)NoMaybe
    DancingSites that are about dancingYesNo
    DatingDating sites.NoNo
    Depress domainSites that are about sad topics such as : Obituaries, Cemeteries, Crematorium, Funerals, Jail, Prison, Disasters and more.MaybeNo
    Depress pageWill only appear at page level classification, it indicates the same as Depress domain, only at a page level (for example an article about a disaster in CNN).MaybeNo
    Desktop themesSites that offer: Screensavers, Desktop themes, E cards, Greeting cards, and Social sites covers.YesNo
    DietSites that are about: Diet, Weight loss and Weight gain.YesNo
    DirectoriesSites that are: Directories with many sites, Scraped statistics about uptime/downtime.MaybeMaybe
    DNS error site can't be resolvedSite can't be resolved.NoMaybe
    DrugsSites that are about: Illegal drugs, Dispensaries - although some countries legalized CBD/THC products, it's still classified as drugs.NoMaybe
    EducationSites that belong to: Schools, Kinder gardens, Colleges, Universities and Educational software/guides.YesNo
    Empty siteWhile scanning the site it didn't return any result, which means site can't be verified.NoMaybe
    EntertainmentSites about: Movie reviews, Entertainment, Magazines about entertainment, Events, Night life, may contain streaming media, does not contain downloadable media.YesNo
    Error site can't be accessedWhile scanning the site there was an error, which means site can't be verified.NoMaybe
    File hostingSites that allow users to host their files for internal use or public sharing, files content isn't verified (may contain nudity or warez).DependsMaybe
    Finance (Banks_Real estate_Insurance)Sites that are about: Financial information, Investing, Stock exchange, Credit, Accounting, Payment gateways, business plans and models.YesNo
    FitnessSites that are about fitness, like: Yoga, Bodybuilding, Weightlifting, Diet in context of fitness and Fitness.YesNo
    ForexSites that talk about or offer: Forex or Binary options servicesYesNo
    ForumsForums or groups site.YesNo
    GamblingSites that have: Gambling games, Sports betting, Betting statistics, Lottery, or gambling information (gambling addictions will be under health).NoMaybe
    Gender specificSites that have content aimed for a specific gender, for example, men's magazine, or women's portal.YesNo
    General - not pornSites that our classifier could not find any suitable category for them. It means that they couldn't be classified as unsafe as well.DependsMaybe
    General (safe)No known category, but considered safe (no pornography, drugs, gambling, adult, alcohol, tobacco), it is used mostly for sites that can confuse URL Classification algorithms because of words like Essex and similar variations.YesNo
    GovernmentSites that belong to the government or governmental agencies.YesNo
    GriefSites that are about: Grief, Loss and Grief/Loss support.NoNo
    HackingSites that are about: Hacking, Cracking, Stolen data and mobile jailbreak.NoNo
    HateSites that are about hate toward: Genders, Race, Religion. Also: Holocaust denial, Pro Nazi.NoMaybe
    HistorySites about: Historical events, Historical figures and past wars.YesNo
    HobbiesSites that are about various type of: Hobbies, Crafts, RC Cars, Collectables and also gardening.YesNo
    Home improvementSites about: Home improvements, Decorating, Home items and DIY sites.YesNo
    How toSites that are user generated content with "How to" guides, if contains adult content, it will come with an additional category that indicates it.MaybeMaybe
    HumorSites with: Jokes, Humor related content, and Standup comedy.YesNo
    Hunting and fishingSites that are about: Hunting and Fishing information or equipment, Taxidermy and Game (hunting related).DependsNo
    IllegalSites that offer illegal products like fake IDs, diplomas, etc (sites for drugs, warez, weapons are under their own category).NoMaybe
    Image and video hostingSites that give the ability go host images, videos and image/video search engine.MixedMaybe
    Image blockUsed for search results only, the sites may host bad images, usually an image hosting site, not relevant if software is not processing each image inside the search engine image search.MaybeMaybe
    Images CDNCDN that contains safe images, but are not user generated (this is a manually controlled list)YesNo
    Images CDN UnknownCDN that contains images, but there's no way to tell which kind, only in the context of the web pageMaybeMaybe
    InsuranceSites that offer insuranceYesNo
    Internal categoryInternal categoryDependsMaybe
    ISPISP sites or ISP related (such as ADSL news), sites that offer Internet connection and phone/mobile falls under the Telecommunications category.YesNo
    JobsSites that are about: Job offers, Job search, HR software, Job/Resume tips and Freelancing job sites.YesNo
    Kids safeSites that are just for kids and are safe (sites added to this category is only after human review)YesNo
    Kids EntertainmentSites that are entertainment for kidsYesNo
    KnowledgeSites that: Provide general paid knowledge, Online courses, Frontal training.YesNo
    LegalSites that belong to: Lawyers, Law firms, Courts, Legal documents repository, Identity verification, and sites that give legal advice or tips.YesNo
    Legal moviesSites that legally host/stream full length movies and series, this list is a manual list.YesNo
    Legal songsSites that legally host/stream music, this list is a manual list.YesNo
    Lifestyle and cultureSites that contain material related to an individual’s personal, community or cultural identity, or organizational/club affiliations.MaybeMaybe
    Link farmSites that has no value and contain various links that will generate the owner money, or parked domains. May contain pornography.DangerMaybe
    LoansSites that offer: Loans, Mortgages and Debt consolidationYesNo
    LocalSites about local information: City information, State information, Law enforcement and Fire fighters. If the second category is news, then it's local news.YesNo
    Local IPLocal IPs can't be classified.MaybeMaybe
    Login pageThis page or site is part of a login or user management. It's not always possible to deduce the site's actual classification.MaybeMaybe
    LookupSites that offer various lookup and reverse lookup of: Emails, Domains, IPs, Phone numbers and People.YesNo
    MagazinesMagazines sites (could be online magazines or a site for offline magazines), may contain another category if possible to denote the magazine category.YesNo
    Marketing or adsSites that ad agencies, and it's possible that the domain name also serves ads.YesNo
    MedicalSites that talk about medical and health information.YesNo
    MilitarySites with .mil or military relatedDependsNo
    Mixed adultSites that have mixed content, some safe and some not, but is not outright adult content so it can't be categorized as such.NoYes
    MobileSites that are about: Mobile devices, Cater only to mobile, Cellular phone sellers and manufacturers.YesNo
    ModelsSites that contains images and information about: Models, Modelling and Models agency.DependsLight
    Money spamSites that deal with making money online, or aggressive sales pitch with a squeeze page, this niche is highly abused and sites in this category should be treated as possible spam/scam.NoNo
    Movies downloadSites that offer movies/series download or online streaming (can be pirate site, if contains other pirated content it will marked as Warez instead)YesNo
    MusicSites that are about: Music, Music magazines, Lyrics, Bands, Musical instruments and free music download (free songs, samples, effects).YesNo
    NatureSites that are about: Nature or the Environment.YesNo
    News and magazinesSites that are about: News, Newspaper sites. Some news site can contain many themes in their main page beside news.DependsNo
    Nonsense and time wasteSites that have many articles about: Memes, Movies and pictures that are mostly time waste, Viral jokes or a site with many articles in the form of "10 ways to ", "do this to become" even if it's on a subject as health. Some sites will have a secondary category of Semi nude or Mixed nude because of their content.MaybeMaybe
    Not safeNo category found for site, but site was found to be not safe, usually because it uses "shady" advertisement that has unsafe content.NoMaybe
    Online drugsSites that offer to sell drugs like: Viagra, Pain killers, Narcotics, Anabolic Steroids.NoMaybe
    Online marketingSites that are related to: Online marketing, Email marketing services, Web analytics, Ads providers (but is not an ad serving domain).YesNo
    Online securitySites that belong to security product like: Anti Virus or firewall, or are about online securityYesNo
    Online video or audioSites that has streaming audio and video (for example tv/radio sites, movie clips sites, podcasts), will not contain porn sites, but some content may still be inappropriate, for example youtube.com. Pirated content will be in its own categories.DependsMaybe
    Other drugsSites that are about drugs that are not part of the Drugs Online drugs category, these are drugs that are legal. (because legality is different between countries, the decision is based on the views of the classifier, if you need an exact list of the drugs, contact us)NoNo
    ParanormalSites that talk about paranormal topics like: UFO, Ghosts, Clairvoyance and conspiracy theory.NoNo
    Parenting and familySites that talk about: Parenting, Baby showers.MaybeNo
    PersonSites that are about a specific person (not applies to music, sports, entertainment related people)YesNo
    Pets and animalsSites that talk about Pets and animalsYesNo
    PharmacyOnline pharmacy sites.NoNo
    Philosophy and psychologySites about: Philosophy, Psychology, Psychological/Cognitive tests and Psychological issues.YesNo
    PhishingSites that contain phishing and other content that is scam based.DangerMaybe
    PhotographySites belong to photographers or about photographyYesNo
    PoliticsSites that are about: Political opinion, Politics, Politics news, Politicians, Parliament parties, and protests.DependsNo
    PornSites that contain pornographic content.NoYes
    PortalsSites that are portals or magazines that may contain number of categories (some may be related to fashion or intimate apparel)DependsMaybe
    PPCSites that are about PPC or offer such servicesYesNo
    ProfanitySites that contain profanityDependsMaybe
    ProgrammingSites that about: Programming, Development languages or Development frameworksYesNo
    ProxySites that provide information or service to tunnel web traffic and cause webfilter bypass: Tor, Proxy lists, Proxy/VPN providers.NoNo
    Real estateSites that are about: Real estate, Realtors or House rentalsYesNo
    RecreationSites that are about: Recreation and Outdoors and which are not sports related.YesNo
    ReferenceSites that are: Dictionary, Maps, Translation, Calculators, Thesaurus, Wiki, Wikipedia and General information sites.YesNo
    Registry cleanerSites that belong to registry cleaners or uninstallersYesNo
    RelationshipsSites that talk about: Romantic relationships, Dating advice, Marriage advice and Pickup but do not offer dating services sites.NoNo
    ReligionSites that about: Religion, Spirituality and Religion practices.YesNo
    RestaurantSites that belong to: Restaurant, Food ordering, Cafe or similar food selling establishmentsYesNo
    RetirementSites that are about: Retirement, and Retirements homes.YesNo
    RewardsSites that offer reward/loyalty programsYesNo
    SafeNo category found for site, but site was found to be safe (it's a reserved category, it's not used for now, but it can be activated at any time)YesNo
    School cheatsSites that offer ready made works for students, or custom work.MaybeNo
    ScienceSites that are about: Science, Mathematics, Research papers and companies/organizations that are involved in Science research.YesNo
    Search blockUsed for search phrases only, this indicates the search should be blocked. Unlike phrases that fall under a known category, some keyword could be both "good" and "bad", so they are classified as Search block.MaybeMaybe
    Search enginesSearch engines sites, search result may contain unsafe content, our engine is able to classify the search based on the search keywords (contact us for help on the matter)DependsMaybe
    SectsSites that are about: Sects, Occult, Cults, Cult leaders, Scientology, Church of Satan, Demons, and Secret Societies.NoMaybe
    SelfHelpSites that are about: Self help, Motivational speakers, Meditation and Relaxation.YesNo
    Semi nude and pin upSite that are about intimate fashion and apparel but in context of the images rather then shopping for them, also celebrity gossip with high percent of underwear and swimwear, this category can be treated for age 16+.NoMaybe
    SEOSites that are about SEO/SEM or offer such servicesYesNo
    Sex education and sexualitySites that talk about: Sex educations, Sexuality, Sexual procedures, Reproduction tract related issues.DependsMaybe
    ShoppingShopping, Coupons and online auctions sites.YesNo
    Site under construction or not availableSites that are under construction or returned an error response when checked.NoMaybe
    Site_Graphic designSites that about: Sites/Graphic creation, Templates, Fonts, Icons, Vectors, Stock images/Videos, Themes and design, this may include graphic services.YesNo
    Social networksSites that offer social networks services.DependsMaybe
    SoftwareSite that offers: Software download, SAAS. (Legal sites only)YesNo
    Software (Others)Sites that belong to a software or software as a service, but not software repository which has its own categoryYesNo
    Songs downloadSites that offer songs/mp3 download (can be pirate site, if contains other pirated content it will marked as Warez instead)YesNo
    Spam or scamSites that has no value, trying to con the user, money from home schemes.DangerMaybe
    SportsSites that are about: Sports, Car/Motorcycle racing, Sports streaming (will also be tagged with streaming) and Horse racing.YesNo
    SuicideSites that talk about suicide, suicide prevention or pro suicide.NoNo
    SupplementsSites that are about or selling: Nutritional supplements, protein powdersYesNo
    Surveys and pollsWebsite that offer surveys and polls services. Nonsense polls and are in the Nonsense category.YesNo
    Swimsuits and underwearSites that sell, show or talk about swimsuits, Lingerie and Underwear, these sites contain images of people wearing them. Shopping sites with underwear and swimsuit will fall under this category.MaybeMaybe
    Tactical equipmentSites that sell: Tactical gear, Body armor, Survival gear, Security gear. Also Preping and Survival information sitesMaybeNo
    TattooSites that are about: Tattoos, Body modification, Body painting, Piercing, Service providers that provide all of those, and Image galleries of all of those.NoYes
    Technology and computersSites that about: Technology, Computers, Software information (but not the software vendor site), Hardware.YesNo
    Tele CommunicationsHome site of Tele Communications companies, which provide number of services such as: ISP, Cellular, Cable, Satellite, TV.YesNo
    TobaccoSites that are about: Tobacco, Smoking (not drugs), Cigarettes, Cigars, Vaping and E Cigarettes.NoMaybe
    ToysSites that are about: Children toys, Dolls, and Board games.YesNo
    TrackerSites that are tracking user behavior (web analytics).YesNo
    URL ClassificationSites that are about URL Classification or offer such servicesYesNo
    URL shortenerURL redirection or shortners service sites. When the user browses them they will redirect. Make sure to request classification for the redirection. There are some URL Shorteners that also display ads.DependsYou need to verify target URL
    User generated contentSites that contain user generated content which are not blogs or forums.YesNo
    Vacation and travelSites that talk about: Travel, Vacations, Holidays, Holidays' bookings, Hotels, Air lines, Attractions and Museums.YesNo
    VehiclesSites that talk about: Cars, Boats, Planes, Bikes, Trucks, Trains, Space shuttles, Motorcycles and all other forms of vehicles.YesNo
    Victim helpSites that offer help/support to victims of: Rape, Violence, Abuse, Crime, etc.MaybeNo
    ViolenceSites that contain violent content or extreme profanity.NoYes
    Virus infectedSites that are infected with viruses, we are not a security company, this is a small list with manual entries.DangerMaybe
    WarezSites that contain: Torrents, Warez, Software cracks. It may or may not also contain adult content.DependsMaybe
    WeaponsSites that talk and/or sell: Weapons, Guns, Knives, and Army memorabilia. It may overlap with Tactical category for sites that are selling both weapons and tactical equipment.NoNo
    WeatherSites that talk about the weatherYesNo
    Web hostingSites that offer: Web hosting, Domain registration, Domain Whois, Web Hosting reviews, VPS Hosting, Colocation, Dedicated server hosting, LAAS, PAAS.YesNo
    Web mailSites that offer web mail as a service.DependsContent isn't checked

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    BrowseControl Web Filtering Features

    Internet Off
    Internet ON/OFF

    One click to completely block
    users from browsing the web

    URL Filter
    URL Filter

    Allowed list or Blocked list for
    specific URLs

    Category Filtering
    Category Filtering

    Block websites based on specific web content categories

    Application Blocker
    Application Blocker

    Block specific Windows
    applications from launching

    Bandwidth Tracker
    Google Safe Search

    Search engine filters prevent explicit results in search engines

    Customized Message
    Customize Message

    Display a customized warning
    message on blocked websites

    Download Filter
    Download Filter

    Block files from being downloaded from the internet

    Port Filter
    Port Filter

    Close unused and high-risk
    TCP/UDP ports

    Internet Quota
    Internet Quota

    Set a time-based quota for
    internet browsing

    Internet Scheduler
    Internet Scheduler

    Schedule internet use policies for specific times of the day

    Internet Timer

    Allocate specific time for your
    users to access the Internet

    Stealth Mode

    Restrict internet use without
    alerting users

    Internet Off

    Centralized Console

    Manage all your users from the
    centralized console with Active
    Directory import or syncing

    Internet Off

    Platform Security

    Protect your CurrentWare console
    with 2FA, passwords, privilege
    management, and more

    Internet Off

    Offsite Management

    Extend onsite Internet usage
    policies to laptops running outside
    the corporate network

    Internet Off

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