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URL Filtering

Simple Definition for Beginners: URL filtering is a cybersecurity technique that blocks or allows access to websites based on predefined criteria, such as categories, reputation, or security policies. Common Use Example: Organizations use URL filtering to restrict access to certain types of websites, such as social media or gambling sites, to improve productivity and security. Technical Definition for Professionals: URL filtering is a cybersecurity measure that controls and manages access to websites based on their URLs (Uniform Resource Locators). Key aspects of URL filtering include: · Category-Based Filtering: Categorizing websites into groups (e.g., social media, gaming, news) and allowing or blocking access to these categories based on policies. · Reputation-Based Filtering: Assessing the reputation of websites using threat intelligence sources to determine if they pose security risks. · Policy Enforcement: Enforcing security policies to restrict access to malicious or inappropriate websites, protecting users and networks. · Customization: Allowing organizations to customize filtering rules and policies based on their specific needs and security requirements. · Logging and Reporting: Logging access attempts and generating reports to monitor and analyze web usage and potential security incidents.

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