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Automatically block certain Sites during specific times of the day.

For example, you can block Facebook between the hours of 9 AM and 6 PM Monday through Friday.

This feature is very flexible. It allows you to create a list of sites that automatically become blocked at certain times.

It’s totally customizable and you can add multiple sites to this blacklist.

You can also choose to block all sites apart from ones within an active ‘Whitelisted’ list.

"new user defined site access category" GAT Shield

When the blacklist is defined and edited and the sites you want to cover are added, click on Save.

Now this blacklist will appear on the left-hand side below the heading Site Access Categories (This lists out the blacklists and whitelists you’ve created).

To activate the blacklist rule we have to move it to Active Site Access rules (Right-hand side) area.

"User defined site access categories" tab

We select the arrow next to the listed blacklist which in our case will cover facebook.com. A new window will be prompted.

The same steps can be done if you want to create a Whitelist and allow pages that are being blocked.

Just select Type = Whitelist

Configure the following settings:

  • We select the scope-users we want to be covered by this blacklist
  • (Optional) Redirect users when they’ve been blocked to another website (Blocking Page)
  • (Optional) Show a custom warning message which appears above the website being viewed. The pop-up message will completely cover the current website.
  • Setup a time restriction if there is no time restriction (the sites will be blocked while the rule is active).
    The rule will not be active outside the setup time-range.
"new site access rule for 'block pages - facebook' category" tab

Editing existing blacklists

An admin can modify the rules applied and add new sites to the list by selecting the ‘Pen’ icon under the action bar in the User-defined Site Access Categories area. You can add multiple sites to your blacklist while the blacklist is in operation.

"user defined site access categories" action bar.

Here’s how to block whole categories of websites with GAT Shield.

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