FortiGuard Web Filtering Service
FortiGuard Web Filter is a managed web filtering solution available by subscription from Fortinet. FortiGuard Web Filter enhances the web filtering features supplied with your FortiGate unit by sorting billions of web pages into a wide range of categories users can allow or block. The FortiGate unit accesses the nearest FortiGuard Web Filter Service Point to determine the category of a requested web page, and then applies the security policy configured for that user or interface.
FortiGuard Web Filter includes over 45 million individual ratings of web sites that apply to more than two billion pages. Pages are sorted and rated into several dozen categories administrators can allow or block. Categories may be added or updated as the Internet evolves. To make configuration simpler, you can also choose to allow or block entire groups of categories. Blocked pages are replaced with a message indicating that the page is not accessible according to the Internet usage policy.
FortiGuard Web Filter ratings are performed by a combination of proprietary methods including text analysis, exploitation of the web structure, and human raters. Users can notify the FortiGuard Web Filter Service Points if they feel a web page is not categorized correctly, so that the service can update the categories in a timely fashion.
Before you begin to use the FortiGuard Web Filter options you should verify that you have a valid subscription to the service for your FortiGate firewall.