Showing posts with label Legitimacy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Legitimacy. Show all posts

Thursday, July 27, 2017

How Do I Filter URLs To Verify The Legitimacy Of A Website?

How Do I Filter URLs To Verify The Legitimacy Of A Website?

There can be many reasons why a company or person would want to filter URLs and control the addresses Internet users may access. It could be a security-related precaution to keep out viruses, the attempt of a parent to keep his or her children from inappropriate sites, or a company's attempt to do away with distractions at work by employees accessing nonwork-related content. This article talks about simple ways to filter URLs on your home PC as well as your office network.


 


Filtering URLs manually:


 


This is ideal for a home PC and can be done within a minute.


 


Step 1: Launch the web browser you use and select the tools or equivalent option.


Step 2: Click Internet options from the drop down menu, and click on the security tab.


Step 3: Select a red-colored icon called restricted sites, which will come below a sentence that reads something like "Select a zone to view or change security settings."


Step 4: Type the URL for the sites that you want to restrict, and click add the website. Add as many websites as you need to by repeating the last step.


 


Filtering URLs using Firefox: This is ideal for the office or large networks and can also be accomplished within 10–15 minutes at the most.


 


Step 1: Launch the Firefox web browser by double clicking on the icon.


Step 2: Navigate to the support page to access the add-ons, like fox filter that will let you filter URLs that are to be made nonaccessible on your operating system.


Step 3: Click on the relevant add-on from the choices shown keeping in mind that they may not all be free. Download and accept and install and finally install now.


Step 4: Reboot the Firefox browser when instructed, and when it reopens, you will be able to filter the URLs as required.


 


It is important to remember that because this cannot be done for all computers on a network, it is important to make users access the Internet through a proxy server on which the required changes are made. A proxy allows for a single point of control as well as monitoring all traffic.


 


Benefits of URL filtering include but are not limited to blocking sites with harmful code, viruses, and other undesirable content. They can also eliminate the use of web-based e-mail service, file sharing sites, and other harmful web-based resources. It is important to remember that overzealous support departments can often block legitimate traffic, upsetting users in the process. Make sure to put in place a process that allows users to report these filtering problems and have them resolved as soon as possible. Individual users may require access to certain sites that others may not. For example, the marketing department may need to get onto social networking sites, like Facebook and Twitter, which may need to be blocked for others.


 


URL filtering is just a component of a defense strategy against illegitimate content and not a complete solution. Other techniques that should be used in conjunction for better defense include content filtering (where content is blocked on the basis of text rather than its source URL), which is most often used to block spam.



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