How To: Create an appropriate URL Mask

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How do I create an appropriate URL mask

Standard HTTP (80) URL(s)

Typically, the user would use two masks to safely filter a certain domain into a desired category. The following example is the recommended method for adding a mask for the acme.com domain:

*.acme.com*;*//acme.com*

Note Note: Multiple masks can be entered at once when separated by a semicolon (;).

By enclosing each mask in the wildcard asterisks (*), the navigation to example.com directly or by use of any sub-domain, top-level domain, or folder within (such as mail.example.com or example.com/example1.asp), would also be covered.

Secure HTTPS (443) URL(s)

A Secure HTTP (HTTPS) URL requires the use of a different mask format. This is due to the port number (443) being appended to the end of the URL. Also, the full URL is not used.

For example, when you access the URL https://www.acme.com/shopping, the entry in the proxy log will appear as www.acme.com:443. As a result, the Mask to be used is as follows:

www.acme.com:443


Note Note: It is not possible to filter sub-pages or sub-domains due to the SSL standard. When entering a Mask for the SSL site, it must be for the entire site.

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