TrustedSource Web Database
Internet access is managed and monitored through the powerful combination of both reputation- and category-based filtering. The TrustedSource Web Database is the repository for all of the global Internet data gathered by Secure Computing. Reputation scores and category placement are determined from this rich data source. The TrustedSource Web Database for category-based filtering provides a proven repository of over 25 million blockable Web sites in over 90 categories. These categories include sites that organizations may want to control access to such as liability, security, productivity, and bandwidth-intensive sites. The TrustedSource Web Database also provides numerous categories that organizations typically don't block but often report on to better understand their Web traffic and include sites such as business and reference.
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Independent studies have consistently named Secure Computing as having the most accurate database with top rankings in various reports.
Why is database quality so important?
A filtering database of lesser quality may still block plenty of sites, but it will also either let more inappropriate content through, block appropriate content, or both. The result of using a less-effective filtering product is more requests for help from users, and worse, more access allowed to offensive and possibly dangerous content.
How the best database in the industry is built and maintained
Secure Computing relies on a combination of advanced technology and highly skilled Web analysts - the ideal combination for high accuracy and coverage. Secure Computing utilizes a number of technologies and artificial intelligence techniques to gather and rate potential Web sites including: link crawlers, security forensics, honeypot networks, sophisticated auto-rating tools and customer logs. Candidate sites are added to the database after being reviewed by our multi-lingual Web Analysts who focus their full attention on ensuring the continued quality of the database.
Web Analysts bring a wealth of experience
Our Web analyst team brings a wealth of technical expertise and cultural diversity that's unmatched in the industry. Our SmartFilter database contains URLs from 66 different countries where unique languages are spoken. Large numbers of URLs are in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.
Outstanding customer service
Have a question on how a site is categorized? Customers can either use the online URL checker found on TrustedSource to determine how a site is categorized or communicate directly with the Web Analyst team. Customers can file tickets to track their URL request and receive detailed reports on how URLs in question are categorized.
Real-time updates and feedback
Updates to the TrustedSource Web Database are now available in real-time, helping you keep up with the changing nature of Internet content and stay ahead of emerging Web threats. Secure Web SmartFilter also offers real-time automated feedback that sends uncategorized URLs to the TrustedSource network for review.
A Web page that has a significant focus on selling, promoting, or advocating the use of alcohol. Alcohol includes beer, wine, and hard liquors. This category also includes cocktail recipes and home brewing instructions.
Web pages that purposefully allow users to browse the Web by hiding their IP address, or other personal identification information, in order to bypass local filtering policies and access any Web page. Anonymizer Web pages will also block any tracking technologies, such as cookies or browser history. Some methods also prevent OS version and Web page history from being forwarded to the Web page.
Pages that provide free proxy IP addresses or detail how to bypass filtering are included in this category. Web pages that do not intend to hide a user are not included in this category; see "Anonymizing Utilities" (au).
Anonymizing Utilities (au)
Web pages that result in anonymous Web browsing without the explicit intent to provide such a service. This category includes URL translators, Web page caching, or other utilities that may function as anonymizers, but without the express purpose of bypassing filtering software.
URL translation and text translation are different: Text translation requires a user to enter a word, phrase, or block of text into an input field for translation, not a URL. Text translation is categorized as Text Translators.
Web pages that contain virtual art galleries, artist sites (including sculpture and photography), museums, ethnic customs, and country customs. Online photo albums are not included; see "Media Sharing" (md).
Web pages providing online bidding and selling of items or services. Web pages in this category focus on bidding and sales; therefore, they do not cover classified ads such as real estate postings, personals, or companies marketing their auctions.
Web pages containing dynamic content ? content that changes frequently because users are allowed to post or edit content at any time. This category is designed to cover the risks associated with dynamic content that may range from harmless to offensive.
Web pages that provide business-related information, such as corporate overviews or business planning and strategies. Also included is information, services, or products that help other businesses plan, manage, and market their enterprises. Multi-level marketing ventures are included when the focus is on running the business. Personal pages and Web hosting Web pages are not included.
Web pages that provide Web-based, real-time social messaging in public and private chat rooms. Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is included in this category. While instant messaging has some of the same risks, it includes additional risks and is not Webbased, see "Instant Messaging" (im) for additional information.
Content Server (is)
The following are not included in this category: Web pages for businesses that provide the content servers; Web pages that allow users to browse photos (see "Media Sharing" (md)); URLs for ad servers serving only ads (see "Web Ads" (wa)).
Criminal Activities (cs)
Web pages that provide instructions to commit illegal or criminal activities. Instructions include committing murder or suicide, sabotage, bomb-making, lock-picking, service theft, evading law enforcement, or spoofing drug tests. Information on how to distribute illegal content, perpetrate fraud, or consumer scams may be also included. Computer-related fraud is not included in this category; see "Hacking/Computer Crime" (hk).
This category includes Web pages that provide networking for online dating, matchmaking, escort services, or introductions to potential spouses. These sites provide personal or group profiles and facilitate interaction among their members through real-time communication, message posting, public bulletins, and media sharing. Sites that provide social networking that may include dating, but are not specific to dating, are covered under Social Networking.
Dating/Social Networking (mm)**
This category includes URLs that focus on social interaction such as online dating, friendship, school reunions, pen-pals, escort services, or introductions to potential spouses. Many of these sites facilitate social interaction among their members through real-time message posting. This category does not include wedding-related content, dating tips, or related marketing.
Digital Postcards (dc)
Web pages that allow people to send and receive digital postcards and greeting cards via the Internet. Digital postcards feature messages of greeting or sentiment, usually for special occasions such as birthdays or other holidays.
Sites in this category provide information on the purchase, manufacture, and use of illegal or recreational drugs. This includes displaying, selling, or detailing the use of drug paraphernalia, as well as tips on legal highs, such as glue sniffing, the misuse of prescription drugs, or the abuse of other legal substances. This category is not used for sites with exclusive health or political themes.
Web pages devoted to academic-related content such as academic subjects (math, history), school or university Web pages, as well as education administration pages (school boards, teacher curriculum).
Web pages that provide information about cinema, theater, music, television, infotainment, entertainment industry gossip-news, and sites about celebrities such as actors and musicians. This also includes sites where the content is devoted to providing entertainment on the Web, such as horoscopes or fan clubs.
Web pages providing content considered gory, perverse, or horrific in nature.
Web pages that market clothing, cosmetics, jewelry, and other fashion oriented products, accessories, or services. This also includes product reviews, comparisons, and general consumer information, as well as services such as hair salons, tanning salons, tattoo studios, and body piercing studios. This category does not include fashion-related content such as modeling or celebrity fashion unless there is a focus on marketing the product line.
Web pages that provide financial information or access to online financial accounts.
- Web pages that provide financial information include news or services that deal with the management of money, but do not provide access to sensitive financial account information, such as financial statistics, or consultation in areas such as taxes, mortgage, insurance, accreditation, or investment.
- Access to online financial accounts include personal or business related banking, money management, tax consulting, mutual funds, credit cards, credit unions, insurance, other financial publications and services.
For Kids (fk)
Family-safe Web pages that are designed specifically for children (approximate ages ten and under).
Forum/Bulletin Boards (mb)
Web pages that hold discussions and post user-generated content, such as real-time message posting for a particular interest group. This excludes message forums with a business or technical support focus (see Technical/Business Forums (tf)).
Web pages that allow users to wager or place bets online or provide gambling software that allows online betting; for example, casino games, betting pools, sports betting, and lotteries. This category includes lotteries if you can buy the tickets or play online. Web pages related to gambling that do not allow betting online are not included: see "Gambling Related" (gr).
Gambling Related (gr)
Web pages that offer information relevant to gambling, without providing the means to do so. Examples include gambling links, tips, sports picks, lottery results, as well as horse, car, or boat racing. Casino-related Web pages will fall under this site if they do not offer online gambling.
Game/Cartoon Violence (cv)
Web pages providing fantasy or fictitious representations of violence within the context of games, comics, cartoons, or graphic novels. This includes images and textual descriptions of physical assaults or hand-to-hand combat, as well as grave injury and destruction caused by weapons or explosives.
Web pages that offer online games and related information such as cheats, codes, demos, emulators, online contests or role-playing games, gaming clans, game manufacturer sites, fantasy or virtual sports leagues, and other gaming sites without chances of profit. Gaming consoles, such as X-Box and PlayStation, are included in this category.
General News (nw)
Web pages that provide online news media, such as international or regional news broadcasting and publication. Portal sites that provide news content are covered under this category.
Web pages that contain content maintained by governmental or military organizations, such as government branches or agencies, police departments, fire departments, civil defense, counterterrorism organizations, or supranational organizations, such as the United Nations or the European Union. Military and veterans medical facilities are included in this category.
Web pages with content that can be considered tasteless, gross, shocking, or gruesome. Some examples include tasteless humor, bodily excretory functions, graphic medical or accident scene photos (containing blood or wounds), extreme forms of body modification (cutting, branding, or genital piercing), or shocking depictions of inhumane animal treatment. This category does not contain Web pages with content pertaining to physical assault; see "Violence" (vi).
Hacking/Computer Crime (hk)
Web pages that provide "how-to" directions, or otherwise enable, fraud, crime, or malicious activity that is computer oriented. Web pages related to computer crime include malicious hacking information or tools that help individuals gain unauthorized access to computers and networks (root kits, kiddy scripts). Also included are other areas of electronic fraud such as dialer scams and illegal manipulation of electronic devices. Illegal software does not fall under this category; see "Illegal Software" (il).
Web pages that provide information that would encourage the oppression of a specific group of individuals. This includes promoting, explicitly or implicitly, an agenda against groups based on race, religion, nationality, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Political parties with a specific hate-based agenda may be included. If involving jokes or humor, the focus of the entire site must be considered hateful or discriminatory to fall under this category.
This category is intended to cover all health related information and health care services. Health information includes topics designed to improve an individual's well-being, whether it be physical or mental health (diet, nutrition, fitness, or parenting). Health care services include health care providers such as health insurance, hospitals, clinics, and independent physicians. This category does not include cosmetic surgery, marketing/selling pharmaceuticals, or animalrelated medical services.
Historical Revisionism (hr)
Content that denounces or offers different interpretations of significant historical facts, such as holocaust denial. Some sites in this category may have a legitimate academic value, however many of these sites include illegitimate manipulation of history for political purposes. This category is not intended to include all reexamination of historical facts, but is limited to historical events that are highly sensitive.
Web pages providing content about historical facts. This category is designed for content suitable for higher education, while the Education category is designed for primary education. For example, a site with Holocaust photos may be offensive, yet have academic value.
Web pages providing content intended to be comical or funny. These sites include jokes, sketches, comics, and satire pages. This category may also apply to graphic novel content, which is often associated with comics.
Illegal Software (il)
Web pages that offer information to pirate or illegally distribute software or electronic media, such as copyrighted music or film, distribution of illegal license key generators, software cracks, and serial numbers. Peer-to-Peer Web pages are not included in this category; see "P2P/File Sharing" (pn).
Incidental Nudity (mn)
Web pages that contain non-pornographic images of the bare human body like those found in classic sculpture and paintings, or medical images. This category is designed for use as a selective blocking category to allow or block sites in order to address cultural or geographic differences in opinion about nudity. For example, use this category when you want to block access to nudity, but allow access when it is not the primary focus of a site, such as news sites or major portals.
Information Security (io)
Web pages that have a legitimate purpose to provide information about data protection. This applies to detailed information intended to safeguard business or personal data, intellectual property, privacy, and infrastructure on the Internet, private networks, or in other bandwidth services such as telecommunications. The following are not included:
- Legitimate information security companies and security software providers, such as virus protection companies.
- Sites that have an express purpose in exploiting security or teaching how to bypass security; see "Hacking/Computer Crime" (hk).
Instant Messaging (im)
Web pages that provide software for real-time communication over a network exclusively for users who have been invited to join a member's contact list or an instant messaging session. Most instant messaging software includes features such as file transfer, PC-to-PC phone calls, and tracking of when other people log on and off.
Interactive Web Applications (ia)
Web pages that provide access to live or interactive Web applications, such as browser-based office suites and groupware. Sites categorized as Interactive Web Applications include those with business, academic, or individual focus. Sites providing access to interactive Web applications that do not take critical user data or offer security risks are excluded, such as Google Maps. Sites that focus primarily on Web meetings for business use are categorized as Web Meetings.
Internet Radio/TV (ir)
Web pages that provide software or access to continuous audio or video broadcasting, such as Internet radio, TV programming, or podcasting. Quick downloads and shorter streams that present less bandwidth compromise fall under Streaming Media or Media Downloads.
Internet Services (it)
Web pages that provide services for publication and maintenance of Internet sites such as Web design, domain registration, Internet Service Providers, and broadband and telecommunications companies that provide Web services. Web utilities such as statistics and access logs are included, as well as Web graphics like clip art.
Job Search (js)
Web pages related to a job search including sites concerned with resume writing, interviewing, changing careers, classified advertising, and large job databases. It also includes corporate Web pages listing job openings, salary comparison sites, temporary employment, company job posting sites. Make money at home sites fall under the Business or Online Shopping categories.
Malicious Sites (ms)
Web pages that deploy code designed specifically to hijack your computer?s settings or activity. Some examples include self-installing applications (called "drive-by" executable file downloads), Trojans, and viruses that exploit security vulnerabilities in browsers or other applications. It is possible for a Web page to lose its malicious status and be recategorized. This category is differentiated from the Spyware/Adware category by its intent. Spyware/Adware is intended to covertly gather and send information to another party; malicious sites intend to take action on another computer to cause damage.
Web pages that provide individual or business promotion of products or services on the Web, but do not sell their products or services online. These sites generally serve as a company overview with descriptions of the services or products in which they specialize, but cannot be purchased directly from Marketing/Merchandising sites. Examples include, but are not limited to, wedding photography services, automobile manufacturer sites, or graphic design services. The following are not included:
- Other categories that imply marketing are Alcohol, Auctions/Classifieds, Drugs, Finance/Banking, Mobile Phone, Online Shopping, Real Estate, School Cheating Information, Software/Hardware, Stock Trading, Tobacco, Travel, and Weapons.
- Sites with sole intent to market their services to other businesses; see "Business" (bu).
Media Downloads (mp)
Web pages that provide audio or video files for download such as MP3, WAV, AVI, and MPEG formats. The files are saved to and played from the user?s computer. Audio or video files that are played directly through a browser window are not included in this category; see "Streaming Media" (st).
Media Sharing (md)
Web pages that allow users to upload, search for, and share media files and photos, such as online photo albums.
Web pages that provide streaming messaging services such as computer to mobile phone text-messaging via SMS (Short Message Service) or MMS (Multimedia Message Service) or computer to fax machine messaging.
Mobile Phone (mo)
Web pages that provide buyable media, software, or utilities for mobile phones that can be downloaded and delivered to mobile phones. Examples include ringtones, logos/skins, games, screen-savers, text-based tunes, and software for SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multimedia Message Service), WAP (Wireless Application Protocol), and other mobile phone protocols.
Bulletin boards, chat rooms, search engines, or Web mail sites that are monitored by an individual or group who has the authority to block messages or content considered inappropriate. This category may be used as an exception to allow access to Web pages categorized as Moderated. Sites with posted rules against offensive content do not fall under the Moderated category; see "Forum/Bulletin Boards" (mb).
Motor Vehicles (mv)*
This category includes sites for manufacturers and dealerships of consumer transportation vehicles, such as cars, vans, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and scooters. This also includes sites that provide product marketing, reviews, comparisons, pricing information, auto fairs, auto expos, and general consumer information about motor vehicles.
Automotive accessories, mechanics, auto-body shops, and recreational hobby pages are not included. Sites that provide business-to-business-only content regarding motor vehicles are not included.
Web pages for groups designed for charitable or educational purposes that fulfill a stated mission, benefiting the larger community, such as clubs, lobbies, communities, non-profit organizations, labor unions, and advocacy groups. Examples are Masons, Elks, Boy and Girl Scouts, or Big Brothers. Organizations with governmental endorsements, but not government run, will fall under this category.
Web pages that have non-pornographic images of the bare human body. Classic sculpture and paintings, artistic nude photographs, some naturism pictures, and detailed medical illustrations are included in the Nudity category. High-profile sites where nudity is not a concern for visitors do not fall under this category; see "Incidental Nudity" (mn).
Online Shopping (os)
Web pages that specifically sell products or services online. Web pages that sell only one product are not included in Online Shopping ? those Web pages will be categorized according to the topic of their exclusive content. For example, a site selling only weapons would be categorized under Weapons. A site selling weapons with a broad range of other items will be categorized as Online Shopping.
P2P/File Sharing (pn)
Web pages that allow the exchange of files between computers and users for business or personal use, such as downloadable music. P2P clients allow users to search for and exchange files from a peer-user network. They often include spyware or real-time chat capabilities. BitTorrent Web pages are included under this category.
Parked Domain (pd)
Web pages that once served content, but their domains have been sold or abandoned and are no longer registered. Parked domains do not host their own content, but usually redirect users to a generic page that states the domain name is for sale or redirect users to a generic search engine and portal page, some of which provide valid search engine results.
Personal Network Storage (ns)
Web pages that allow users to upload folders and files to an online network server in order to backup, share, edit, or retrieve files or folders from any Web browser.
Personal Pages (pp)
Personal home pages that share a common domain such as those hosted by ISPs, university/ education servers, or free Web page hosts. Also included are unique domains that contain personal information, such as a personal home page. Home pages of public figures are not rated as Personal Pages, they will fall under their related category such as Entertainment or Sports. However, these pages are not highly trafficked making them difficult to categorize and provide coverage for each personal page.
Web pages that provide reviews, descriptions, and market or sell prescription based drugs, over-the-counter drugs, birth control, or dietary supplements.
Links to Web pages that typically arrive in hoax e-mails established to steal user account information. These sites falsely represent themselves and appear as legitimate company Web pages in order to deceive and obtain user account information that can be used to perpetrate fraud or theft.
Web pages covering political parties, individuals in political life, and opinion on various topics. This category may also cover laws and political opinion about drugs.
Web pages that contain materials intended to be sexually arousing or erotic. This includes fetish pages, animation, cartoons, stories, and illegal pornography.
Portal Sites (ps)
Web pages designed as a starting point that serve as major gateways or directories to content on the Web. Many portal sites also provide a variety of internal site features or services such as search engines, e-mail, news, and entertainment. Mailing list sites with a variety of content are included in the Portal Sites category. Sites with topic-specific content are not included in this category. Such sites are categorized more specifically, such as Entertainment.
Web page that contain crude, vulgar, or obscene language or gestures.
Professional Networking (nt)*
This category includes Web pages that provide social networking exclusively for professional or business related purposes. These sites provide personal or group profiles and facilitate interaction among their members through real-time communication, message posting, public bulletins, and media sharing. This category will also contain alumni sites that have a networking function. This category does not include social networking sites where the focus may vary, but include friendship, dating, or professional focuses. See "Social Networking" (sn) or "Dating/Personals" (dp).