How To Control Access To Unwanted Websites Using URL Blacklist With SafeSquid Proxy Server

SafeSquid – Content Filtering Internet Proxy, has many content filtering features that can be used to decide who is allowed what, when and how much on the net. In this tutorial I will describe how to control access to unwanted categories of websites, by using URL Blacklist database with SafeSquid Proxy Server.

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SafeSquid allows the administrators to use plain text urlblacklist very easily and with a desired level of sophistication. The sites and maintain a well categorized list of various web-sites and pages like porn, adult, webmail, jobsearch, entertainment, etc. This is an excellent resource for an administrator seeking to granularly enforce a corporate policy that allows or disallows only certain kinds of web-sites to be accessible by specific users, groups or networks.

Note: cProfiles offers the flexibility of many more actions than URL Blacklist, instead of just allowing / blocking categories. For example, you can add a profile to a specific category, and then use that profile in any of SafeSquid's filtering sections, for actions on the category like blocking cookies, ads and banners, ActiveX, Java Scripts, throttling bandwidth (QoS), or simply analyzing what category is most visited, without blocking access.
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While Shalla Secure Services offer free downloads and updates for home users, Urlblacklist requires you to subscribe to receive updates. You can download the URL Blacklist by Shalla from HERE, and the trial database by from HERE.
Please note that you will be able to download this trial database only once. You need to subscribe to to be able to receive regular updates 

Copy the downloaded trial database to /usr/local/bin directory on the SafeSquid Server, and untar the files

cd /usr/local/src
tar -zxvf bigblacklist.tar.gz

This will create a directory 'blacklist'. Create a directory 'urlbl' in /opt/safesquid and copy the contents of blacklist in this directory.

mkdir /opt/safesquid/urlbl
cd blacklist
cp -rf . /opt/safesquid/urlbl

Next, restart SafeSquid

/etc/init.d/safesquid restart

In SafeSquid GUI Interface, click on URL blacklist in the Top Menu It should display a list of all the categories copied to the urlbl directory. Here, you can query the database to find out if a website is listed under any category. For example, to find out what category belongs to, type in the Domain field and click on Submit below. You should get a screen similar to this –

SafeSquid Interface – URL Blacklist Database Query

Note: This section only allows you to query the database. Selecting or unselecting a category does not enable or disable it.  Continue reading “How To Control Access To Unwanted Websites Using URL Blacklist With SafeSquid Proxy Server” »