Latest Most Blocked Web Categories
The Jam Cyber – Cyber Security Management System, blocks thousands of potentially harmful websites every month for our clients. This minimises the risk of a cyber attack and can also increase employee productivity. Blocked web categories are selected by each client to ensure employees can access relevant and appropriate websites for their business needs.
Jam Cyber has collated monthly statistics for all our clients regarding the most blocked web categories. Below are the top blocked categories across Australian Businesses.
Please note: not all companies will have selected to block all categories. Companies that have opted to allow categories will not appear as ‘blocked’ in this report.
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Blocked Web Categories – Definitions
See below to clarify what each blocked web category means. All the below categories are optional categories for businesses.
- Abortion— Sites that are either pro-live or pro-choice.
- Abused Drugs— Sites for illegal, illicit, or abused drugs, including legal highs, glue sniffing, misuse of prescription drugs, or abuse of other legal substances.
- Adult and Pornography— Sites with sexually explicit material for the purpose of arousing sexual interest, including sites with adult products such as sex toys and videos. This setting also includes online groups sites which are sexually explicit, sites with erotic stories or textual descriptions of sexual acts, sites for adult services such as video conferencing, escort services, and strip clubs, and sites with sexually explicit art.
- Alcohol and Tobacco— Site that provide information on, promote, or support the sale of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products and associated paraphernalia.
- Auctions— Sites that support the offering and purchasing of goods between individuals as their main purpose, excluding classified advertisements.
- Bot Nets— URLs or IP addresses that are known to be part of a Bot network from which network attacks are launched. Attacks may include SPAM messages, denial of service (DOS) attacks, SQL injections, proxy jacking, and other unsolicited contact.
- Business and Economy— Sites for business firms, corporate websites, business information, economics, marketing, management, and entrepreneurship.
- Cheating— Sites that support cheating and contain materials such as free essays, exam copies, and plagiarism.
- Computer and Internet Info— Sites for general computer and Internet information, including technical information. Also includes software as a service (SaaS) sites and other sites that deliver Internet services.
- Computer and Internet Security— Sites for computer and Internet security and security discussion groups.
- Content Delivery Networks— Sites for the delivery of content and data for third parties, including ads, media, files, images, and videos.
- Cult and Occult— Sites that provide methods, means of instruction, or other resources that attempt to affect or influence real events through the use of astrology (including horoscopes), spells, curses, magic powers, or supernatural beings.
- Dating— Sites focused on establishing personal relationships.
- Dynamically Generated Content— Sites that generate content dynamically based on arguments passed to the URL or other information (like geo-location).
- Educational Institutions— Sites for pre-school, elementary, secondary, high school, college, university, and vocational school, and other educational content and information, including enrolment, tuition, and syllabus.
- Entertainment and Arts— Sites that include motion pictures, videos, television, music and programming guides, books, comics, movie theatres, galleries, artists or reviews on entertainment, performing arts (such as theatre, vaudeville, opera, or symphonies), museums, galleries, libraries, and artist sites (such as sculpture or photography)
- Fashion and Beauty— Sites for fashion or glamor, magazines, beauty, clothes, cosmetics, and style.
- Financial Services— Sites offering banking services and other types of financial information, such as loans, accountancy, actuaries, banks, mortgages, and general insurance companies, excluding sites that offer market information, brokerage or trading services.
- Gambling— Sites for gambling or lottery sites, including sites that use real or virtual money; sites that contain information or advice for placing wagers, participating in lotteries, gambling, or running numbers; virtual casinos and offshore gambling ventures; sports picks and betting pools; and virtual sports and fantasy leagues that offer large rewards or request significant wagers. (Hotels and resort sites that do not enable gambling on the site are categorized as Lifestyle, Travel or General Information, Local information)
- Games— Sites for game playing or downloading, video games, computer games, electronic games, tips and advice on games or how to obtain cheat codes. Also includes sites dedicated to selling board games, journals and magazines dedicated to game playing, support or host online sweepstakes and giveaways, and fantasy sports sites that also host games or game playing.
- Government— Sites for government (local, county, state, and national), government agencies, and government services such as taxation, public, and emergency services. Also includes sites that discuss or explain laws of various governmental entities.
- Gross— Sites with blood or bodily functions, such as vomit.
- Hacking— Sites for illegal or questionable access to or the use of communications equipment/software or sites for the development and distribution of programs that may compromise networks and systems, including sites that avoid licensing and feeds for computer programs and other systems.
- Hate and Racism— Sites that support hate crime or racist content or language.
- Health and Medicine— Sites for general health, fitness, well-being, including traditional and non-traditional methods and topics. Also includes sites with medical information on ailments, various conditions, dentistry, psychiatry, optometry, and other specialties, hospitals and doctor offices, medical insurance, and cosmetic surgery.
- Home and Garden— Sites for home issues and products, such as maintenance, home safety, decor, cooking, gardening, home electronics, and design.
- Hunting and Fishing— Sites for sport hunting, gun clubs, and fishing.
- Illegal— Sites for criminal activity including how not to get caught and copyright and intellectual property violations.
- Image and Video Search— Sites that provide photo and image searches, online photo albums, digital photo exchange, and image hosting.
- Individual Stock Advice and Tools— Sites that promote or facilitate securities trading and management of investment assets, including market information on financial investment strategies, quotes, and news.
- Internet Communications— Sites offering Internet telephony, messaging, VoIP services, WiFi, and related businesses.
- Internet Portals— Websites that aggregate a broader set of Internet content and topics.
- Job Search— Sites that offer assistance in finding employment, tools for locating prospective employers, employers looking for employees, and career search and career placement from schools.
- Keyloggers and Monitoring— Sites that include downloads and discussions for software agents that track users’ keystrokes or monitor their web surfing habits.
- Kids— Sites designed specifically for children and teenagers.
- Legal— Legal sites and law firms and sites for discussions and analysis of legal issues.
- Local Information— Sites for city guides and tourist information, including restaurants, area/regional information, and local points of interest.
- Malware Sites— Sites that are known to contain malicious content including executables, drive-by infection sites, malicious scripts, viruses, or Trojans.
- Marijuana— Sites for marijuana use, cultivation, history, culture, or legal issues.
- Military— Sites for the military branches, armed services, and military history.
- Motor Vehicles— Sites for car reviews, vehicle purchasing, sales tips, parts catalogs, auto trading, photos, discussion of vehicles, motorcycles, boats, cars, trucks and RVs, and journals and magazines on vehicle modifications.
- Music— Sites for music sales, distribution, streaming, information on musical groups and performances, lyrics, and the music business.
- News and Media— Sites with current events or contemporary issues of the day, including radio stations, magazines, newspapers, headline news sites, newswire services, personalized news services, and weather sites.
- Nudity— Sites with nude or semi-nude depictions of the human body, that may not be sexual in intent but may include things like nudist or naturist sites or nude paintings or photo galleries of artistic nature.
- Online Greeting cards— Online greeting card sites.
- Parked Domains— Sites that host limited content or click-through ads which may generate revenue for the hosting entity but generally do not contain content useful to the user.
- Pay to Surf— Sites that pay users in the form of cash or prizes for clicking on reading specific links in emails or web pages.
- Peer to Peer— Site that provide peer-to-peer clients and access, including torrents and music download programs.
- Personal Sites and Blogs— Personal sites posted by individuals or groups, including blogs.
- Personal Storage— Sites that provide online storage and posting of files, music, pictures, and other data.
- Philosophy and Political Advocacy— Sites for politics, philosophy, discussions, promotion of a particular viewpoint or stance in order to further a cause.
- Phishing and Other Frauds— Pharming (redirects to a fake site) and other sites that pose as a reputable site, usually to harvest information from a user.
- Private IP Addresses and URLs— Sites assigned to a private domain and IP addresses reserved by organizations that distribute IP addresses for private networks.
- Proxy Avoidance and Anonymizers— Sites that use proxy servers or other methods to bypass URL filtering or monitoring.
- Questionable— Sites that manipulate the browser user experience or client in some unusual, unexpected, or suspicious manner. Also includes get rich quick sites.
- Real Estate— Sites for renting, buying or selling real estate or properties; tips on buying or selling a home; real estate agents; rental or relocation services and property improvement.
- Recreation and Hobbies— Sites with information, associations, forums, and publications on recreational pastimes such as collecting kit airplanes; outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and climbing; specific arts, craft, or techniques; animal and pet-related information, training, shows, techniques, and humane societies.
- Reference and Research— Sites for personal, professional, or educational reference material, including online dictionaries, maps, census, almanacs, library catalogues, genealogy, and scientific information.
- Religion— Sites for conventional or unconventional religious or quasi-religious subjects, including churches, synagogues, or other houses of worship.
- Search Engines— Search interfaces using key words or phrases where returned results include text, websites, images, videos, and files.
- Sex Education— Sites with information on reproduction, sexual development, safe sex practices, sexually transmitted diseases, sexuality, birth control and contraceptives, tips for better sex, and products used for sexual enhancement.
- Shareware and Freeware— Downloading free software or open source or downloads that request a donation, including downloads such as screen savers, icons, wallpapers, utilities, and ringtones.
- Shopping— Department stores, retail stores, company catalogs and other sites that allow online consumer or business shopping and the purchase of goods and services.
- Social Networking— Social networking sites that have user communities where users interact, post messages, pictures, and otherwise communicate.
- Society— Sites for a variety of topics, groups, and associations relevant to the general populace, and broad issues that impact a variety of people, including safety, children, societies, and philanthropic groups.
- SPAM URLs— URLs contained in spam messages.
- Sports—Sites for team or conference websites, international, national, college, professional scores and schedules, sports-related online magazines or newsletters.
- Spyware and Adware— Sites that are known to contain spyware or adware that provides or promotes information gathering or tracking that is unknown to or without the explicit consent of the user. This setting also includes sites that contain unsolicited advertising pop-ups and programs that may be installed on users’ computers.
- Streaming Media— Sites for sales, delivery, or streaming of audio or video content, including sites that provide downloads for such viewers.
- Swimsuits and Intimate Apparel— Sites with swimsuits, intimate apparel, or other types of suggestive clothing.
- Training and Tools— Sites for distance education and trade schools, online courses, vocational training, software training, and skills training.
- Translation— Language translation sites that allow users to see pages in other languages. These sites can allow users to circumvent filtering as the target page’s content is presented within the context of the translator’s URL.
- Travel— Sites for airlines and flight booking agencies, travel planning, reservations, vehicle rentals, descriptions of travel destinations, or promotions for hotels or casinos.
- Uncategorised Domains— Sites that Webroot has not categorised.
- Violence— Sites that advocate violence, violent depictions, or methods, including game/comic violence and suicide.
- Weapons— Sites that provide sales reviews and descriptions of weapons such as guns, knives, or martial arts devices, including sites that provide information on accessories or other modifications.
- Web Advertisement— Sites that contain advertisements, media content, and banners.
- Web based email— Sites offering web-based email and email clients.
- Web Hosting— Sites that offer free or paid hosting services for web pages and information concerning their development, publication, and promotion of web sites.
For more information on Australian cyber security terminologies, visit: https://www.cyber.gov.au/acsc/view-all-content/glossary