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GAT Shield can be used as a Web Filter extension. It can automatically block Web Sites to be used at all times or select only specific times.

For example, you can block Social media pages between 9 AM and 6 PM – Monday through Friday.

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

You can also choose to block all sites (A special pre-made category within Site Access Control) but sites covered in your ‘Allowlist’ list will of course still be accessible by users. 

Below is a detailed explanation of how to set up a Block List.

Set up the Block List

Navigate to Site Access Control in the GAT Shield console. Then click on “Add a Site Access category” 

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A pop-up window will be displayed.

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Fill in the details 

  • Site Category – enter a name for the category
  • Type – select Block List 
  • Description – enter a brief description for the category 
  • Site list – enter the sites you want to block

When the Block List is defined, click on Save 

Activate the Block List

The Block List is saved and defined.

Click on the -> arrow under the Actions tab to Activate. 

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Selecting the arrow will open a new pop-up window.

Fill in the details

  • Site Access actionBlock
  • Redirect – Enter a URL where the browser will redirect to when a site blocked in this category is visited
  • Warning message Enter a message that will be displayed to the user when a site on this list is visited
  • Time restriction – Select a time range during which the rule will be active
  • Scope – Rule recipients. If no value is specified, all domain users are affected

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When ready with the settings click on the Save button.

Result 

The Social media block category will be set up and placed in Active Site Access rules 

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The sites under this category and the selected Scope (affected users) will be blocked to access the setup pages.

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Editing existing Block Lists

You 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 Block List while it is still Active

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

 

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