Policy Test

Use the Web Protection > Policy Helpdesk > Policy Test page to test URLs against your existing Web Filter Profiles. To test a URL against your current policy, proceed as follows:

  1. Enter the URL you want to test.
  2. Set the source IP address.

    Different source networks may have different Web Filter Profiles. If a network is included in more than one profile, the profile with the highest priority will be used by the policy tester.

  3. Optionally, enter a user to test the request as.

    Users can fall under different Web Filter Profiles.

  4. Optionally, enter a time for the request.

    Web Filter Profiles can be configured to have rules based on the time of day.

  5. Click Test.

The results of your test parameters will be displayed in the Policy Test Results box.

Note – When you test a URL against your Web Filter Profiles, the Web Protection > Policy Test page does not download content, or check for malware, MIME types, or file extensions. The actual filtering behavior may be different depending on what content the URL is hosting.

Note – The correct Authentication Server must be added on the Definitions & Users > Authentication Services > Servers page for the test to work properly.

Cross Reference – For more information on the Policy Test, see the Sophos Knowledge Base.