GFI WebMonitor WebGrade Database category information


GFI WebMonitor Web Categorization

GFI WebMonitor provides the functionality to categorize URLs into one or more categories. The categories can then be used to create or edit policies to block or allow sites based on their category classification.

GFI WebMonitor 11 comes with many new categories to classify websites.

The WebGrade customer feedback form can be used to submit feedback on URLs categorized within the WebGrade Database.

Suggestions for corrections in the website categorization are considered daily. After a decision has been made upon the request, changes may be implemented in the categorization database.

Since each submission needs to be reviewed, suggestion approval process may vary depending on several factors. Therefore it may take several days for a change to reflect in the software.

While your categorization suggestion is revised, consider whitelisting or blacklisting the URL in question.

Client using a previous version of GFI WebMonitor have a different set of categories. For more information refer to https://www.gfi.com/support/products/gfi-webmonitor/GFI-WebMonitor-Web-Categorization-for-version-10-and-earlier

The categories available can be grouped under these topics:

Check the list below to see a complete index of the categories available:

Security

Malware

Sites that may contain malware or promote the distribution of malware. These sites may be infected by a virus.

Phishing Sites

Sites that are used in phishing attacks. Sites that pose as a reputable site, usually to harvest personal information from a user.

Remote Proxies

Any site that operates as a web proxy, allows access to software that can bypass web filtering, or offers guidance on how web filtering can be avoided is listed in this category or gain access to URLs in any way that bypasses the URL filter or proxy server.

Spyware

Websites hosting software that attempts to get hold of personal or secret information, or enabling of ad delivery that is unknown to, without the explicit consent of, the end user or the organization.

Botnets

Sites that are landing pages for botnets or are infected by botnets.

SPAM

URLs that typically are contained in spam messages and are associated with mischievous or unsolicited efforts. Sites- usually IP addresses- that have been reported to be origination sources of SPAM by trusted sources.

Piracy & Copyright Theft

Sites that are clearly distributing copyrighted material in violation of the copyrights.

Infected Sites

Sites that are infected with a virus or distribute viruses.

Mobile Malware

Mobile sites that include mobile malware distribution or that can infect your mobile device.

Legal Liability

Adult/Porn

Sites containing sexually explicit content in an image-based or textual form. Any other form of adult/sexually-oriented material is also listed here.

Sex Education

This category is for sites that discuss sex and sexuality in an informative and non-voyeuristic way. Topics that fall under this category include education about human reproduction and contraception, sites that offer advice on preventing infection from sexual diseases such as HIV, and sites that offer advice to the LGB communities on sexual health matters.

Nudity

Sites that provide full-frontal and semi-nude images or videos, typically in artistic form, and might allow the download or sale of such materials.

Illegal Drugs

Sites that sell illegal/controlled substances, promote substance abuse, or sell related paraphernalia.

Marijuana

Sites offering information, discussion, and/or resale of Marijuana and associated products and/or services.

Gambling in general

All online and offline gambling, and sites that promote gambling skills and practice.

Illegal Activities

Sites that contain instructions, recipes, or advice on creating illegal items, such as explosives, or offer them for sale. Sites that give instruction on, advice about or promote of illegal acts.

Hate/Slander

Sites promoting aggressive, degrading, or abusive opinions about any section of the population that could be identified by race, religion, gender, age, nationality, physical disability, economic situation, sexual preferences or any other lifestyle choice.

Violence/Suicide

Any site that displays or promotes content related to violence against humans or animals is placed in this category, as are sites that advocate any means of harming oneself such as self-mutilation or euthanasia.

Terrorism/Extremists

Any site that promotes, instructs, or advocates terrorism or extremism.

Sexual Services

Sex and sexually related information such as adult goods or merchandise, adult videos, adult game software, love hotels, brothels, escort services, models, etc.

Adult Search/Links

Adult-related search engines, links, rankings, or portal sites.

Adult Magazine/News

Sites containing sexually explicit content in an image-based or textual form. Any other form of adult/sexually-oriented material is also listed here.

Fetish

Sites containing sexually explicit content in an image-based. Any other form of adult/sexually-oriented material is also listed here.

Sexual Expression(text)

Sites containing sexually explicit content in a textual form. Any other form of adult/sexually-oriented material is also listed here.

Productivity Loss

Dating

This category covers matchmaking sites, personal listings, sites that discuss romance and interpersonal relationships - whether a partnership is the resultant goal or not.

Games

Information about the sale of game software and hardware, game download, game cheat codes, or games in general.

Miscellaneous

Sites that provide content, but can not easily be classified in one of the other categories.

Social Networks in General

This category contains social networking sites (SNS) focused on both personal and professional services that are not contained within other categories with more granular controls.

Facebook

Facebook social networking site.

Facebook: Posting

Facebook function that enables a user to share a post, status or link.

Facebook: Commenting

Facebook function that enables a user to comment or like.

Facebook: Friends

Facebook function that enables a user to add a connection.

Facebook: Photo Upload

Facebook function that enables a user to upload a photo.

Facebook: Events

Facebook function that enables a user to create, modify or respond to an event within the Facebook community.

Facebook: Apps

Facebook function that enables a user to access or utilize an app.

Facebook: Chat

Facebook function that enables a user to chat within the Facebook community.

Facebook: Questions

Facebook function that enables a user to ask a question within the Facebook community.

Facebook: Video

Upload Facebook function that enables a user to upload a video.

Facebook: Groups

Facebook function that enables a user to create, modify or join a group within the Facebook community.

Facebook: Games

Facebook function that enables a user to access or play a game.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn social networking site.

LinkedIn: Updates

LinkedIn function that enables a user to edit a profile or post an update.

LinkedIn: Mail

LinkedIn function that enables a user to send an email within the LinkedIn community.

LinkedIn: Connections

LinkedIn function that enables a user to add a connection.

LinkedIn: Jobs

LinkedIn function that enables a user to perform activities related to job search.

Twitter

Twitter social networking site.

Twitter: Posting

Twitter function that enables a user to post an update.

Twitter: Mail

Twitter function that enables a user to send an email within the Twitter community.

Twitter: Follow

Twitter function that enables a user to add a connection.

YouTube

YouTube social networking and streaming media site.

YouTube: Commenting

YouTube function that enables a user to comment, like or dislike.

YouTube: Video

Upload YouTube function that enables a user to upload a video.

YouTube: Sharing

YouTube function that enables a user to share a video within and outside of the YouTube community.

Instagram

Instagram social networking and messaging site.

Instagram: Upload

Instagram function that enables a user to upload an Instagram.

Instagram: Commenting

Instagram function that enables a user to comment or like.

Instagram: Private Message

Instagram function that enables a user to send a private message.

Tumblr

Tumblr social networking and media sharing site.

Tumblr: Posting

Tumblr function that enables a user to post, status or link.

Tumblr: Commenting

Tumblr function that enables a user to comment.

Tumblr: Photo or Video Upload

Tumblr function that enables a user to upload a photo or video.

Google+

Google+ social networking site.

Google+: Posting

Google+ function that enables a user to share a post, status or link.

Google+: Commenting

Google+ function that enables a user to comment or +1.

Google+: Photo Upload

Google+ function that enables a user to upload a photo.

Google+: Video Upload

Google+ function that enables a user to upload a video.

Google+: Video Chat

Google+ function that enables a user to initiate a video chat.

Pinterest

Pinterest social networking site.

Pinterest: Pin

Pinterest function to post or pin.

Pinterest: Commenting

Pinterest function that enables a user to comment or like.

Vine

Vine social networking and media sharing site.

Vine: Upload

Vine function that enables a user to upload a video.

Vine: Commenting

Vine function that enables a user to comment.

Vine: Message

Vine function that enables a user to initiate a message.

Ask.fm

Ask.fm site.

Ask.fm: Ask

Ask.fm function that enables a user to ask a question.

Ask.fm: Answer

Ask.fm function that enables a user to answer a question.

YikYak

YikYak site.

YikYak: Posting

YikYak function that enables a user to post.

YikYak: Commenting

YikYak function that enables a user to comment.

Wordpress

Wordpress site.

Wordpress: Posting

Wordpress function that enables a user to post.

Wordpress: Upload

Wordpress function that enables a user to upload a photo or video.

Potential Productivity Loss

Professional Sports

Professional sports websites, except those related to gambling.

Music

Sites that provide the download music data, music movie related to music information.

Entertainment/Venues/Activities

Cinema, live entertainment, entertainment venues, social venues, meeting places, party/event venues, amusement parks, comedy clubs, etc..

News

Sites that report and deliver news, of interest to the general public, such as online news sites, printed or online newspapers, current affairs sites (not focused exclusively to presenting entertainer news/gossip, etc.) are listed here. Sites focused on specific industry news (e.g. finance, travel, health, etc.) will be listed in those specific categories. News focused on providing news, information, and/or gossip about celebrities and entertainers will be listed under Entertain/Celebrity).

Fashion & Beauty

These sites are related to the Fashion and Beauty industry. Pages with models, clothing, and the discussion of current trends in fashion are found here.

Recreation & Hobbies

This category covers all activities or interests, other than sport, that someone might pursue for their own pleasure and not as a main occupation. This includes clubs and groups that pursue or meet for specific interests.

Automotive

Vehicle manufacturers, dealers and servicing are all covered by this category. Sites that allow traders or the general public to buy or sell vehicles. Clubs for specific manufacturers/models are applicable, as are discussion groups.

Smoking

Manufacturers and distributors of tobacco products, as well as websites that promote their use.

Military

Sites belonging to official military organizations or containing information relevant to their activities should be placed in this category.

Auctions

Online auction sites, and any site that offers services to aid buying or selling via online auctions - auction sniping etc., as well as traditional auction companies and/or sites promotion traditional auctions.

Shopping/Retail

Sites or order pages from which it is possible to purchase various products. Also, it includes the website of brick-and-mortar shop.

Travel & Tourism

Sites related to the following travel topics are listed travel agents, travel advice, timetable information, car hire.

Home & Family

Sites that deal with life issues and services including parenting, foster care, adoption, raising children, senior citizen related, etc.

Local Communities

Websites that are not specifically hosted by the local government, but providing information about and/or for the local community.

Web based Mail

Any site offering web-based email services is placed in this category.

Photo Search & Photo Sharing Sites

Photo search and sharing sites that can include social aspects for clubs or other organizations to share information including schedules and forums. This category can also include image hosting sites.

Financial Products

All aspects of personal and corporate finance are included here. Sites that provide price comparisons between financial products. Sites that report or comment on financial matters.

Personal Web Pages/Blogs

Any site that hosts personal pages created by an individual to contain content of a personal nature rather than a company, organization, institution, and so on. This category contains personal blogs.

Drinking

Restaurants and bars that primarily serve alcoholic drinks as well as websites that promote the use of alcohol.

Alcoholic Products

Manufacturers and distributors of products that contain alcohol. This category also contains websites that promote the use of alcohol.

Sports in general

All sports websites - whether media-related or fan-related - are placed in this category, except those related to gambling.

Costume Play/Enjoyment

Sites containing costume play content.

Horoscope/Astrology/Fortune Telling

Sites that provide, or promote, horoscopes, fortune telling, astrology, etc.

Entertainer/Celebrity

Sites that provide information about entertainers and famous people.

Lottery

Information related to lotteries issued by public institutions, such as state lotteries, and charity raffles.

Ringtones

Sites that sell or provide ringtones.

Mobile App Stores

Sites that sell Applications for Mobile consumption.

Emoticons

Sites that sell or provide emoticons.

Online Magazines

Sites that provide online versions of magazines that can not be easily classified in another category, or provide multiple online magazines that would individually be classified differently from one another.

Grotesque

It's not very easy to define exactly what is offensive or tasteless. Sites included are not pornographic or violent, rather, more oriented towards content unsuitable for school children to view or that an employer would be uncomfortable with their staff accessing.

Sweepstakes/Prizes

Information and sites concerning online or offline competition, money, or prizes that can be won by participants.

Bandwidth Control

Streaming Media

Any site whose primary function is to allow users to watch streaming media.

Peer to Peer/Torrents

All sites that facilitate the sharing of files using P2P software are placed in this category. This includes, but is not restricted to, sites that host P2P software and sites that allow users to search for files that can be downloaded using via P2P software.

Storage Services

Sites that provide hosting for storage services.

Questionable / Legal Issues

Occult

Information concerning supernatural phenomena that cannot be scientifically explained or measured.

Weapons

Any site that sells weapons or ammunition or advocates the use of weapons. Sites of weapons manufacturers.

Hacking/Cracking

Resources for the illegal or questionable use of computer hardware or software are listed here. Sites that describe how to gain unauthorized access to systems and that distribute copyrighted material that has been cracked to bypass licensing.

Keyloggers

Sites that distribute or promote the use of keyloggers.

Online games

All sites relating to video, computer or online games. All sites that support gaming through hosting online services, cheat information, general advice etc.

Human Resources Issues

Employment

All employment agencies, recruitment consultancies and headhunters, contractors, and agencies assisting anyone seeking employment are placed here. All sites that allow job vacancies to be posted, offer career advice, describe how to get through interviews or prepare a CV/resume. Includes Human Resource services, outsourcing, training, and technology related to HR.

eLearning

Includes online learning products, technologies, and services that promote online learning. Sites that are not associated with traditional education (e.g. grade schools, high schools, college/university) as described in the Education category, but provide online learning services.

General Interest

Real Estate

All sites oriented to the selling, letting, and building of private or commercial property should be placed in this category.

Traditional Religions

All sites that relate to traditional religious belief or skepticism.

Advocacy in general

General information provided by webmasters to promote their opinion on a subject or topic.

Society & Culture

Social organizations and cultural sites that are not related to local communities, business or philanthropy. These sites include societal and cultural views and create awareness about topics related to heritage, activism, and history in various ethnicities, countries or regions.

Kids Sites

Sites that are safe for or of interest to kids. Kids Sites may include games, educational portals, multimedia, and other sites that are of interest to children.

Search Engines & Portals

This category contains all search engines, meta-search engines, web directories such as yellow pages, business directories, etc., as well as internet portals (e.g. sites that contain links to numerous different content type such as News, Sports, Games, etc., all within the same site).

Advertisements/Banners

All advertising is placed in this category.

Content Delivery Networks & Infrastructure

Sites including CDN (Content Delivery Networks) or sites or hosts/servers that provide backend services or functions for sites that make the internet or network function. These can include DNS, gateways, and APIs.

Health

All sites related to personal health, hospitals, clinics, legally-prescribed medication and related services.

Religions

Sites that relate to religion except for the traditional religions.

Medication

Sites offering drugs (OTC or Prescription drugs) or Common medicines, natural products, and prescription medications, etc.

Weddings/Matrimony

Information and sites concerning services offered by matchmaking agencies designed to introduce members of the opposite sex for the purpose of marriage.

Popular Topics

Information concerning matters and affairs that rapidly gain public attention.

Life Events

Sites that discuss or provide services for special life events such as marriage, divorce, bereavement, ‘coming of age’ ceremonies (e.g. bar & bat mitzvah, shinbyu, Dawoodi Bohra, etc.), etc.

Public Agency Tourism

Sites that provide the travel information to the public.

Public Transit

Sites that provide public transit services and/or information about those services.

Accommodations

Sites that provide hotels and holiday rental accommodation information.

Dining/Gourmet

All sites relating to restaurants (whether eat-in or takeaway) and pubs/bars. All recipes and cuisine related sites are listed in this category. Farms and other food stuff manufacturers.

Politics

Sites that provide the politics information.

Arts & Cultural Events

Sites that promote or provide information about the Arts. These can include art galleries, art instruction, and art information, theater, symphonies, orchestras, operas, etc.

Philanthropy & Non-Profit Organizations

Sites that are, or provide services for, charities, non-profit organizations, foundations, trusts, fundraising events for non-profit and philanthropy organizations, and seeking donations.

Mobile Operators

Sites that are owned by Mobile Operators. These sites include the promotion, sale, or administration of mobile services.

Agriculture

Sites providing information, or promoting, the agricultural industry. This includes farms, seeds, supplies, etc., as well as agricultural news.

Architecture

Architecture company websites, architectural news and review sites, sites supporting the architecture industry.

Books/eBooks

Sites promoting printed and ebook publications, as well as sites distributing these publications.

Pets/Veterinarian

Websites for veterinaries, veterinarian clinics, animal adoption agencies, pet care, products and services for pets, information about pets, and news about pets.

Recycling/Environment

Sites that promote or provide information or services related to the environment, recycling and reuse of resources.

Science

Sites focused on the various disciplines of science, research papers, companies and government agencies focused on scientific research and development.

Transport Services & Freight

Sites of companies focused on providing cargo, freight and package transportation services, information related to the cargo and freight industry, news, etc.

Photography & Film

All photography companies, professional photographers, studios, filmmakers, cinematographers, and related companies, camera manufacturers, camera and equipment sales, and associated businesses.

Museums & History

Sites promoting museums, providing virtual online museums, historical information, historical societies, and related clubs, etc.

Special Events

Information concerning special events.

IT Resources

Search Engine Caches

This category contains search engine caches.

Online Shopping

Any site that meets the following criteria is listed here especially IT product - Offers goods for sale, represents a non-online retailer, provides comparisons between goods, preferential purchase schemes.

Web-based Chat

Web-based chatrooms.

Instant Messages

Services for downloading instant message software and other related information as well as client based instant messaging.

E-Mail Subscriptions

Sites that allow users to register and cancel e-mail subscriptions, or provide mailing list services.

Bulletin Boards

Sites offering access to Usenet newsgroups or similar services, or any other discussion forum that doesn't sit well in another category.

IT Bulletin Boards

Sites offering access to PC newsgroups or similar services for IT, or any other discussion forum that doesn't sit well in another category.

Downloads

Any site whose primary function is to allow users to download media content except computer programs and mobile apps. This includes computer wallpaper, icons, fonts, etc.

Program Downloads

Any site whose primary function is to allow users to download computer programs (e.g. for PCs and Macintosh computers). This does not include mobile app markets, unless the site provides both computer and mobile apps.

Computing & Internet

All sites related to computer hardware and software - including sales. News and current trends regarding the computing industry or internet are also applicable. Professional bodies within the IT industry are included.

Internet Telephony

All sites that offer internet telephony/VoIP products and services.

SMS & Mobile Telephony Services

This category is used for sites that allow the creation or sending of SMS text messages. Sites that sell ringtones, games, videos, or other downloadable content.

Mobile Apps & Publishers

Any site whose primary function is to allow users to download mobile apps and/or a company prompting their mobile app products. This does not include Mobile App markets that provide a wide range of mobile apps from two or more vendors.

Hosting Sites

Sites that provide hosting services for websites.

BOT Phone Home

Sites that are used by malware to receive information from the malware.

DDNS

Sites that provide Dynamic DNS service will be listed here.

Business Oriented

Business & Commercial

Businesses and commercial organizations that do not fit into any other category, belong in this category. Also includes groups that represent, report, or provide commentary specifically targeting business and commercial.

Translators

All sites that translate a web page from one language to another, or that transform the text contained within a web page, are listed in this category.

Law

Sites for law firms, attorneys, legal resources and materials, news, etc. Does not include government websites and legal information provided by those governments.

Reference

Online encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases and other information resources available for research purposes all belong to this category.

Education

Colleges, universities, primary and secondary schools are all listed here. Online educational resources, such as exam syllabuses and example questions, are also included. Support organizations such as admissions bodies and research councils.

Government

All central and local government websites are applicable, as are related bodies and agencies.

Insurance

Businesses and commercial organizations that provide insurance, insurance information, and so forth, as well as sites that provide information related to insurance, the insurance industry, etc.

Career Advancement

Sites that provide the information for careers.

Side Business

Sites that provide the side business information.

Market Rates

All aspects of personal and corporate finance are included here. Sites that provide price comparisons between financial products. Sites that report or comment on financial matters.

Online Trading

Sites that discuss, promote, or enable the user to trade online.

Associations/Trade Groups/Unions

Professional associations, trade groups, and unions websites, and sites promoting these groups.

Others

No Content

Active domains that return no content or no visible content. Does not include sites that are categorized as parked domains.

Parked Domains

Place holders for sites that have not been created yet or parked domains.

Private IP Addresses

Internet Protocol addresses that are commonly used for home, office, and enterprise local area networks.

Unsupported URL

Malformed URLs that are not valid and can not resolve to a web server. For example, google.comgoogle would be considered an Unsupported URL.

Unavailable

Sites that are not yet classified or categorization engine not available to evaluate the site.