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Block applications using the application filter

This example shows how to block Facebook Games using the application filter. You can use the same steps to block other applications, but you must select the other application you want to block when adding the rule to the application filter policy. Here are the examples of the applications you can block:

  • WhatsApp
  • P2P applications (Set Category to P2P.)
  • UltraVPN (Set Category to Proxy and Tunnel and select PPTP Protocol.)
  • Skype
  • LinkedIn
  • Internet Download Manager

To block an application using the application filter, you must do as follows:

  1. Create an application filter policy.
  2. Add rules to the policy.
  3. Create a firewall rule to apply the policy.

Create an application filter policy

To create an application filter policy, do as follows:

  1. Go to Applications > Application filter and click Add to create a new policy.

    Here's an example:

    Block Facebook Games

  2. Click Save to save the policy.

Add rules to the policy

To add rules to the policy, do as follows:

  1. Go to Applications > Application filter, select the policy you created, and click Edit Edit button.

    Here's an example:

    Select Block Facebook Games

  2. Click Add.

  3. Click Select individual application.
  4. Filter the Name column to Facebook Games.

    Here's an example:

    Filter Facebook Games

    The Facebook Games application now appears in the list.

  5. Select the Facebook Games application.

  6. Set Action to Deny and Schedule to All the Time.

    Here's an example:

    Deny Facebook Games

  7. Click Save to add the rule to the policy.

  8. Click Save to save the policy.

Create a firewall rule to apply the policy

You must create a firewall rule to apply the policy to all traffic that matches the rule. You can also apply the policy to a specific user or user group.

Do as follows:

  1. Go to Rules and policies, click Add firewall rule, and select New firewall rule.
  2. Enter a name for the rule and set Rule position to Top.
  3. Scroll down to Other security features and, in the Identify and control applications (App control) drop-down list, select the application filter policy you created.

    Here's an example:

    Select the application filter policy

  4. (Optional) To apply the policy to a specific user or user group, scroll up, select Match known users, and under User or groups, click Add new item to add the user or group.

    Here's an example:

    Apply policy to a user or group

  5. Click Save to save the policy.

Note

Make sure to create the necessary NAT rule if required.

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