OpenDNS/Cisco Umbrella to DNSFilter Content Category mappings

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Fikayo Adepoju
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OpenDNS/Cisco Umbrella Description DNSFilter Equivalent
Malware Websites and other servers that host malicious software, drive-by downloads/exploits, mobile threats and more. Malware
Newly Seen Domains Domains that have become active very recently. These are often used in new attacks. New Domains
Command and Control Callbacks Prevent compromised devices from communicating with attackers' infrastructure. Botnet
Phishing Attacks Fraudulent websites that aim to trick users into handing over personal or financial information. Phishing & Deception
Dynamic DNS Block sites that are hosting dynamic DNS content.  
Potentially Harmful Domains Domains that exhibit suspicious behavior and may be part of an attack. Malware
DNS Tunneling VPN VPN services that allow users to disguise their traffic by tunneling it through the DNS protocol. These can be used to bypass corporate policies regarding access and data transfer. Proxy & Filter Avoidance
Cryptomining Cryptomining allows organizations to control cryptominer access to mining pools and web miners. Cryptomining
Academic Fraud Sites that promote educational fraud, including but not limited to plagiarism and cheating.  
Adult Themes Sites that are adult in nature and are not defined in other rating categories.Note: Select this category only if you want to be very restrictive on your network. Adult Content
Adware Sites that distribute applications that display advertisements without the user's knowledge or choice. It does NOT include sites that serve to advertise. Advertising
Alcohol Sites about alcohol use, commercial and otherwise. Alcohol & Tobacco
Anime / Manga / Webcomic Sites that host online comics, cartoons, and graphic novels. Entertainment
Arts Galleries and exhibitions; artists and art; photography; literature and books; performing arts and theater; musicals; ballet; museums; design; architecture. Cinema and television are classified as Entertainment. Education & Self Help
Astrology Astrology; horoscope; fortune-telling; numerology; psychic advice; tarot. Education & Self Help
Auctions Sites for buying and selling via auction. Shopping
Automotive Sites about automobiles, including manufacturers, news, reviews, and hobbyist information. Vehicles
Blogs Sites that are personal or group journals, diaries or publications. Blogs & Personal Sites
Business Services Sites for corporations and businesses of all sizes, especially company websites. Business
Chat Sites where you can chat in real-time with groups of people. Includes IRC and video chat sites. Webmail & Chat
Classifieds Sites for buying and selling (or bartering) goods and services. Includes sites with real estate and housing listings. Message Boards & Forums
Computer Security Offering security products and services for corporate and home users. Information Technology
Dating Sites for meeting other people. Dating & Personals
Digital Postcards Dating, online personals, matrimonial agencies. Dating & Personals
Dining and Drinking Eating and drinking establishments; restaurants, bars, taverns, and pubs; restaurant guides and reviews. Food & Recipes
DIY Projects Guidance and information to create, improve, modify, decorate and repair something without the aid of experts or professionals. Education & Self Help
Drugs Sites about illegal or recreational drug use. Drugs
Dynamic and Residential IP addresses of broadband links that usually indicate users attempting to access their home network, for example for a remote session to a home computer.  
Ecommerce / Shopping Sites that are online stores for products and services. Shopping
Educational Institutions Sites for schools, covering all age levels and types. Education & Self Help
Fashion Clothing and fashion; hair salons; cosmetics; accessories; jewelry; perfume; pictures and text relating to body modification; tattoos and piercing; modeling agencies. Dermatological products are classified as Health and Nutrition. Shopping
File Storage Sites that offer space for hosting, sharing and backup of digital files. Media Sharing
File Transfer Services File transfer services with the primary purpose of providing download services and hosted file sharing. Media Sharing
Financial Institutions Sites for banks, brokerages, trusts, and other financial organizations. Economy & Finance
Forums / Message boards Sites with discussions, including bulletin boards, message boards, and forums. Message Boards & Forums
Freeware and Shareware Providing downloads of free and shareware software. Information Technology
Gambling Sites that offer gambling or information about gambling. Gambling
Games Sites that offer gameplay and information about games (news, tips, cheat codes). Games
German Youth Protection Content deemed harmful to minors. This category helps prevent viewing of youth-endangering content in Germany. Block pages for this category will include German text. This list is not controlled by Umbrella and is created to be controlled by the BPjM (Federal Review Board for Media Harmful to Minors) to be compliant with German Law. For more information, see http://www.bundespruefstelle.de/bpjm/Service/english.html. Note: We do not guarantee compliance with German law. Internet Watch Foundation (IWF, can not be disabled)
Government Sites operated by government agencies, including city, state, regional, county and federal levels. Also includes .mil domains. Government
Hacking Discussing ways to bypass the security of websites, software, and computers. Hacking & Cracking
Hate / Discrimination Sites that promote intolerance based on gender, age, race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or other group identities. Terrorism & Hate
Health and Fitness Sites that offer information about health care and health services. Includes fitness related sites and information about health and fitness. Health
Humor Sites that are intended to be funny or humorous. Humor
Hunting Professional or sports hunting, gun clubs, and other hunting-related sites. Sports
Illegal Activities Promoting crime, such as stealing, fraud, illegally accessing telephone networks; computer viruses; terrorism, bombs, and anarchy; websites depicting murder and suicide as well as explaining ways to commit them. P2P & Illegal
Illegal Downloads Providing the ability to download software or other materials, serial numbers, key generators, and tools for bypassing software protection in violation of copyright agreements. Torrents are classified as Peer File Transfer. P2P & Illegal
Infrastructure Content delivery infrastructure and dynamically generated content; websites that cannot be classified more specifically because they are secured or otherwise difficult to classify. Content Server
Instant Messaging Sites that offer access or software to communicate in real-time with other individuals. Webmail & Chat
Internet Telephony Telephonic services using the internet. Information Technology
Internet Watch Foundation (Child Abuse Content) Sites that contain child sexual abuse content. For more information about this category, see the Internet Watch Foundation. Internet Watch Foundation (IWF, can not be disabled)
IT-ADM Sites that offer gambling or information about gambling and tobacco. For more information, see the Italian Nacional Agency. Gaming, Alcohol & Tobacco
IT-AGCOM Sites that are deemed to infringe on intellectual property. For more information, see the Italian National Agency. P2P & Illegal
Jobs / Employment Sites that offer job listings, resume services, interview coaching, and similar employment-related services. Jobs & Careers
Lingerie / Bikini Sites displaying or dedicated to lingerie/bikini that could be considered adult-only. Adult Content
Lotteries Sweepstakes, contests, and state-sponsored lotteries. Gambling
Military Military, such as the armed forces, military bases, military organizations, anti-terrorism. Government
Mobile Phones Short Message Services (SMS); ringtones and mobile phone downloads. Cellular carrier websites are included in the Business and Industry category. Information Technology
Movies Sites that promote movies or offer movie watching online. Entertainment
Music Sites about music, including news, band and fan information. Entertainment
Nature Natural resources; ecology and conservation; forests; wilderness; plants; flowers; forest conservation; forest, wilderness, and forestry practices; forest management (reforestation, forest protection, conservation, harvesting, forest health, thinning, and prescribed burning); agricultural practices (agriculture, gardening, horticulture, landscaping, planting, weed control, irrigation, pruning, and harvesting); pollution issues (air quality, hazardous waste, pollution prevention, recycling, waste management, water quality, and the environmental cleanup industry); animals, pets, livestock, and zoology; biology; botany. Education & Self Help
News / Media Sites that offer news and information, including newspapers, broadcasters, and other publishers. News & Media
Non-Profits Sites for non-profit or charity organizations and services. Business
Nudity Sites that provide images or representations of nudity. Adult Content
Online Meetings Online meetings, desktop sharing, remote access, and other tools that facilitate multi-location collaboration. Information Technology
Online Trading Online brokerages; websites that enable the user to trade stocks online; information relating to the stock market, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, brokers, stock analysis and commentary, stock screens, stock charts, IPOs, stock splits. Services for spread betting on stocks and shares are classified as Gambling. Other financial services are classified as Finance. Economy & Finance
Organizational Email Websites used to access business email (often via Outlook Web Access). Webmail & Chat
P2P / File sharing Sites that facilitate the sharing of digital files between individuals, especially through peer-to-peer software, including torrent sites. P2P & Illegal
Paranormal UFOs, ghosts, cryptid, telekinesis, urban legends, and myths. Education & Self Help
Parked Domains Sites that are placeholders "parked" for future use. Current uses may include single-page advertising sites. Parked Sites & Domains
Personal Sites Websites about and from private individuals; personal homepage servers; websites with personal contents; personal blogs with no particular theme. Blogs & Personal Sites
Personal VPN Virtual private network (VPN) sites or tools that are typically for personal use and may or may not be approved for corporate usage. Proxy & Filter Avoidance
Photo Sharing Sites for sharing photographs, as individual images, galleries, and albums. Media Sharing
Podcasts Sites that offer podcasts, digital media files distributed over the Internet, often using syndication feeds, for playback on portable media players and personal computers. Both audio and video podcasts are included. Blogs & Personal, Entertainment
Politics Sites about politics, politicians, political parties and organizations. Government sites are separate. Government
Pornography Anything relating to pornography, including mild depiction, soft pornography or hard-core pornography. Adult Content
Portals Sites that offer gateways to the internet as a whole, often including bundled services on their own site. Search Engines & Portals
Professional Networking Social networking for the purpose of career or professional development. See also Social Networking. Social Networking
Proxy / Anonymizer Sites providing proxy bypass information or services. Blocks DoH providers so that the browser fails to resolve the hostname of the DoH server, and reverts to standard system DNS. Also, sites that allow the user to surf the net anonymously, including sites that allow the user to send anonymous emails. Proxy & Filter Avoidance
Radio Sites that offer online radio listening or promote radio stations. Streaming Media
Real Estate Information that would support the search for real estate; office and commercial space; real estate listings, such as rentals, apartments, and homes; house building. Real Estate
Religious Sites about religion, religious teachings and groups, and spirituality. Religion
Research / Reference Sites such as encyclopedias, dictionaries as well as other research-related resources. Education & Self Help
SaaS and B2B Web portals for online business services; online meetings. Business, Information Technology
Safe for Kids Directed at, and specifically for, young children.  
Science and Technology Science and technology, such as aerospace, electronics, engineering, mathematics, and other similar subjects; space exploration; meteorology; geography; environment; energy (fossil, nuclear, renewable); communications (telephones, telecommunications). Education & Self Help
Search Engines Sites that offer result listings based on keywords. Search Engines & Portals
Sex Education Factual websites dealing with sex; sexual health; contraception; pregnancy. Adult Content, Education & Self Help
Sexuality Sites that provide information, images or implications of bondage, sadism, masochism, fetish, beating, body piercing or self-mutilation. This category is not intended for LGBT-related sites that do not fall under the aforementioned criteria. Adult Content, Education & Self Help
Social Networking Sites that promote interaction and networking between people. Social Networking
Social Science Sciences and history related to society; archaeology; anthropology; cultural studies; history; linguistics; geography; philosophy; psychology; women's studies. Education & Self Help
Society and Culture Family and relationships; ethnicity; social organizations; genealogy; seniors; child-care. Education & Self Help
Software Updates Sites about computing, hardware, and technology, including news, information, code and vendor information. Information Technology
Software / Technology Websites that host updates for software packages. Information Technology
Sports Sites about sports of all kinds, from professional to amateur, from news to league information and schedules. Includes martial arts and MMA related sites. Sports
Tasteless Sites that contain information on such subjects as mutilation, torture, horror, or the grotesque. Includes Pro-Anorexia and Pro-Suicide related sites. Adult Content
Television Sites that promote television shows or offer television watching online. Entertainment
Terrorism Sites that promote terrorism or are linked with terrorist organizations. Terrorism & Hate
Tobacco Sites about tobacco use and related products, commercial and otherwise. Alcohol & Tobacco
Travel Sites with travel information and services, including reservations for airlines, cars, hotels, vacations, and trips. Travel
URL Shortener An online application or service that converts a regular URL into a condensed format. Content Server
Video Sharing Sites for sharing video content. Media Sharing
Visual Search Engines Sites for searching for images based on keywords. Search Engines & Portals
Weapons Sites about weapons, commercial and otherwise. Weapons
Web Hosting Website hosting; bandwidth services. Information Technology
Web Page Translation Translation of web pages between languages. Translation Sites
Web Spam Redirect targets containing unwanted sweepstakes/survey/advertisements for free merchandise, pharmaceutical spam or rolex distributions. Phishing & Deception
Webmail Sites that offer the ability to send or receive an email. Webmail & Chat

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