Filtering Categories

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Josh Lamb
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DNSFilter offers the comprehensive ability to block domains based on content as well as any security threats that they pose. We also support SafeSearch functionality so that the appropriate content  is displayed in your search results. 

Content Categories

Content Categories are the fastest way to block large lists of undesirable domains. For example, blocking the "Social Networking" category will block Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. When you block a particular category, it will be indicated by the button changing to the color Red, and showing a 🚫 icon.




Select from a wide variety of Filtering Categories to block or allow at your discretion. Unsure which domain falls into which category? Use our Domain Lookup Tool to confirm.

Abortion: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.56.19_AM.png

Adult Content:Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.34.05_AM.png

Alcohol & Tobacco: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.32.43_AM.png

Blogs & Personal Sites: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.35.17_AM.png

Business: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.35.44_AM.png

Dating & Personals: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.36.31_AM.png

Drugs: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.37.14_AM.png

Education & Self Help: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.37.44_AM.png

Entertainment: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.38.10_AM.png

Economy & Finance:Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.38.41_AM.png

Food & Recipes: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.39.05_AM.png

Games: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.39.31_AM.png

Gambling: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.39.57_AM.png

Government: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.40.24_AM.png

Health: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.40.56_AM.png

Humor: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.41.30_AM.png

Information Technology: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.42.01_AM.png

Jobs & Careers: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.42.30_AM.png

Media Sharing: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.43.24_AM.png

Message Boards & Forums: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.43.52_AM.png

News & Media: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.44.19_AM.png

Real Estate:Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.44.48_AM.png

Religion: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.45.22_AM.png

Search Engines & Portals: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.45.53_AM.png

Shopping: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.46.22_AM.png

Social Networking: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.46.45_AM.png

Sports: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.47.16_AM.png

Streaming Media: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.47.40_AM.png


Terrorism & Hate: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.48.35_AM.png

Vehicles: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.49.00_AM.png

Virtual Reality: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.49.25_AM.png

Weapons: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.49.51_AM.png

Webmail & Chat: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.50.18_AM.png


DNSFilter is able to offer Google, Bing, and YouTube SafeSearch options. DNSFilter simply offers the features already provided by these services, but makes it easy to enforce. SafeSearch cannot be overridden by the endusers if the SafeSearch options are enabled in your Filtering Policy (and you ensure that users are using our service for DNS).

SafeSearch Precedence

Enabling the SafeSearch options for a policy will override any blocking for the affected sites that would normally be blocked by the "Search Engines & Portals" category.

If you truly wish to ensure that Google, Bing, etc are blocked, you must disable the SafeSearch toggle(s) on the policy.

The same warning applies to YouTube (normally blocked by the "Entertainment" category)


Read more about each SafeSearch offering below:

Threat Categories

Threats are domains which host potentially malicious resources that may result in:

  • Circumventing DNSFilter’s protection (VPNs, Proxies)
  • Outbound attacks from your network
  • Compromise of usernames, passwords, or other sensitive data
  • Excess system resource utilization
  • Malware and/or Ransomware Compromise

These can also exist in the following content categories:

Hacking & Cracking: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.50.43_AM.png

P2P & Illegal: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.51.14_AM.png


Just as with content categories, clicking on a particular classification will turn the color Red, and show a 🚫 icon. This indicates that blocking is active.


Botnet: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.51.45_AM.png

Crytpomining: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.52.15_AM.png

Malware: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.52.42_AM.png

New Domains: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.53.05_AM.png

Phishing & Deception: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.53.29_AM.png

Proxy Filter & Avoidance: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.53.54_AM.png

Translation Sites: Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.54.20_AM.png

Very New Domains:Screen_Shot_2022-07-13_at_9.54.48_AM.png

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