URL Filtering - Gambling site being marked as 'google-analytics'

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URL Filtering - Gambling site being marked as 'google-analytics'

L2 Linker

Any ideas why if a user browses to www.pokerstars.com or www.playboy.com, they get this;


So they are being categorized as ‘google analytics’ and allowed? Yes, these 2 URL’s are classified as Gambling and Porn on Brightcloud respectively.

Any ideas?


L3 Networker

We block adult-and-pornography and online-gambling and do not have that problem.

www.google-analytics.com does not fall under those categories, therefore it is classified correctly under the 'computer-and-internet-info' category. Google analytics is a tool used for web analytics and reporting, such as visitor site use and web statistics.

There may be a rule higher up that allows access, or the option to "log container page only" is disabled.

It isn't clear if your users actually can access those sites or not. If they can't access them, then the blocking rule works.

Side note: unfortunately it can no longer be inferred that a user "went" to one of those sites just because google analytics refers to them or because other sites host "like us" widgets.

We block social media but we also see a lot of 'hits' from pages that try to load badges and widgets from facebook or myspace. Can we ascertain that someone tried to actually go to facebook based on these hits? It is no longer that clear.


Sorted it, porrl, you were correct, it was getting allowed through on a rule higher up the policy, I was concentrating too much on the google-analytics bit rather than the policy as a whole. We amended that and all worked ok.

Thanks all

L3 Networker


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