Using Tags

Tags allow you to set properties to individual websites, so that set policy rules may enforce an action on these individual sites, regardless of the policy applied to the category in which the sites belong. This is implemented more simply and flexibly than is possible by using other policy features.

Using tags, you can fine tune a policy to the point of applying default policy overrides for individual users. For example, in your organization, you may wish to create a policy that allows the CEO to visit a number of news websites, even though the News category is blocked by default for the entire organization.

This can be done in two simple steps:

  1. Tags are created and applied to a URL on the Configuration > Group Policy > Local Site List page’s Local Site List Editor dialog box. In the Local Site List Editor dialog box, you can create and apply one or more tags to a URL.
  2. Once tags are applied to one or more URLs, you can set the policy for a tag on the fourth tab of the Configuration > Group Policy > Additional Policy page’s Additional Policy wizard. on the Tags tab of the Additional Policy wizard, you select the tag for which you want to set policy from a drop-down list of all the available tags. or enter the name for a new tag. Then you select the action that you want applied to URLs marked with this tag. Because additional policies are applied to only those users that you select on the first tab of the Additional Policy wizard, this tag-based policy can be applied to as few or as many individuals or groups as you want.

For tags to work, you must perform these configuration steps in both the Local Site List Editor and the Additional Policy wizard. If you start by creating a new tag in the Additional Policy wizard and applying policy to that tag, you must reverse the steps listed above and subsequently add this new tag to the URLs of your choice in the Local Site List Editor.

There are, however, three system tags, Globally allowed sites, Globally blocked sites, and Never send to Sandstorm. These tags only appear in the Local Site List Editor dialog box’s tag drop-down list. Their actions are predefined and match what their name indicates. The Globally allowed sites tag will not override the behavior expected as a result of a site’s risk class.

Note There is no need to delete tags. Any tags that are not applied to URLs in the Local Site List and that do not have an additional policy set are automatically removed every Sunday night at midnight.