How To Block A Website In Sophos Firewall

Sophos Firewall is a security application that helps you identify and block the threats entering your system. You can create a custom category and firewall rule. You can also edit the created firewall rule if required. The section below will assist you in blocking a website using Sophos Firewall’s custom categories or the URL groups option. Creating the firewall rule using the custom categories or URL groups option will not change its original category.

The three categories are:

  • Building a custom category
  • Including the created custom category to policy
  • Creating or re-configuring the firewall rule
How To Block A Website In Sophos Firewall

Build a custom category:

  • First, create a name for the custom category.
  • Launch Sophos Firewall on your computer.
  • Click the Web tab.
  • Select the Categories option.
  • Locate and click the Add button.
  • Now, the parameters window will open.
  • In the Name field, enter the custom name you have created. For example, Sophos.
  • Choose the Unproductive option from the Classification drop-down menu.
  • Click the radio button beside the Local option in the Configuration Category section.
  • Enter the domain address or keyword that you wish to access in the text field next to the Domain/Keyword section.
  • After filling all the parameter fields, click the Save button available at the bottom of the screen.

Include the created custom category to policy

  • On the Sophos Firewall application’s main interface, click the Web tab followed by the Policies option.
  • Look for the Add policy or Edit Web Policy button and click it.
  • In the Name text field, enter the custom category name.
  • If required, fill the Description field.
  • Click the Add Rule button followed by Add New Item.
  • If any existing category is found in the Activities section, then de-select it.
  • Select the Web Category option in the Show format.
  • Type the YouTube keyword in the field under the Activities section.
  • Choose the Block option from the Action drop-down menu.
  • Ensure to set the Status option to ON.
  • Finally, click the Save button.

Create, edit or reconfigure the Firewall rule

  • Go to the Firewall section.
  • Locate and click the Add Firewall button.
  • Now, the new firewall window will appear on the screen.
  • If the existing firewall rule is displayed, click the Edit icon available beside it.
  • Fill the Rule Name field.
  • Select the Accept option under the Action section.
  • Provide accurate information in the Source and Destination & Services fields.
  • In the Malware Scanning section, select the Scan HTTP and Decrypt & Scan HTTPS options by clicking the radio button beside them.
  • Navigate to the Advanced section.
  • Create the preferences that match with your needs.
  • After making the required changes, click the Save button.
  • Now, the website will be blocked by Sophos Firewall.

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