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Recategorizing Websites in SonicWall

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2017 05:28PM PDT
You can customize Fastvue Reporter for SonicWall's productivity settings by going to Settings | Productivity. Simply drag-drop SonicWall's web categories onto the desired productivity list and click Save Productivity Settings in the top right.

However, overriding the way a website gets categorized needs to be done on the SonicWall itself.

To do this :
  1. Login to Sonicwall and go to Security Services | Content Filtering 
  2. Scroll down to the CFS Custom Category section 
  3. Click Add and enter the domain of the website you want to change and check the Category that you want to assign it to, such as 'Business and Economy'.
  4. Click OK and Accept to save the changes.
Any future browsing to that site will be categorized appropriately and shown in the correct productivity section in Fastvue Reporter.

You can also suggest an alternative categorization for a site to the categorization database that SonicWall uses at http://cfssupport.sonicwall.com.

Be aware that categorization works on the entire URL and Fastvue Reporter often only shows the domain (in Overview Reports and the Live Dashboards).

For example, mysite.com may be categorized as Weapons which on the surface may not seem accurate. However, if the full URL is actually mysite.com/guns/ak47.jpg, then the reason for the categorization is obvious.

The Fastvue Site Clean engine may also add some confusion here. For example, we found an instance where pandora.com was showing as 'Malicious Sites'. But it was p-cdn.com (the CDN used by pandora) that a firewall (not SonicWall) was categorizing as Malicious Sites.

Finding Full URLs and Categories


You can find the full URLs and how they're being categorized by running Activity Reports in Fastvue Reporter. To do this, go to Reports | Activity Report and select the filter URL 'Contains' mysite.com.

The report will show all browsing sessions to URLs that contain that keyword. Click the rows in the report to expand the browsing sessions and view the full URLs and URL Categories.

Alternatively, run an Activity Report on the Category itself to see all sites assigned to that category. To do this, use the filter Category 'Equal to' Weapons (for example). Again, click the rows in the report to expand the sessions and view the full URLs and categories.

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