Server Web Control Policy

Web Control lets you restrict access to certain categories of website.

Note Web Control settings apply only to Windows servers.
Note All servers to which this policy applies will use a Server Advanced license.
Note If an option is locked global settings have been applied by your partner or Enterprise administrator.

To set up a policy:

  • Create a Web Control policy. See Create or Edit a Policy.
  • Open the policy's Settings tab and configure it as described below. Make sure the policy is enabled.

Website Controls

Select Website Controls to control access to websites that may be inappropriate.

For each website category, you can select:

  • Allow: Allows all websites in this category.
  • Warn: Warns the user that a website may be inappropriate.
  • Block: Blocks all websites in this category.

Log web control events

Select Log web control events to log attempts to visit blocked websites or websites for which we display a warning.

Note If you do not enable logging, only attempts to visit infected sites will be logged.

Control sites tagged in Website Management

You can put websites into your own custom categories ("tag" them) and then use a Web Control policy to control sites in each category.

To set this up, do as follows.

  1. In Endpoint or Server Protection, go to Settings > Website Management.
  2. Click Add.
  3. In Add Website Customization, enter a website and add a tag. You can either type in a new tag name, or select a tag you've used before (you'll see suggested tags when you start typing). Click Save.
  4. In Endpoint or Server Protection, go to Policies > Web Control and select a policy.
  5. Click the Settings tab.
  6. Turn on Control sites tagged in Website Management.
  7. Click Add New on the right of the page.
  8. In Add Website Tag, do as follows.
    • Select the website tag you created.
    • Choose the Action you want to take against websites.
    • Click Save.
  9. On the Settings tab, click Save.

For more information on how Sophos filters websites see Sophos Web Security and Control Test Site.