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Block a Specific Website

Applicable Version: 10.00 onwards


The Web and Application Filter module in Cyberoam provides the Administrator with a comprehensive URL Database with a multitude of Web Categories into which websites are categorized. It facilitates Administrators to apply access restriction policies on users based on these categories. However, Cyberoam also allows administrators to create custom categories consisting of only a few websites, or block specific websites only.




Even if the Web and Application Filter Module is NOT subscribed in Cyberoam, it allows administrator to block specific, manually-defined websites or groups of websites through the use of custom web categories.


Block access to a particular website. In this article, as an example, we have blocked access to the website www.facebook.com.


You must be logged on to the Web Admin Console as an administrator with Read-Write permission for relevant feature(s).

Step 1: Create a Custom Web Category

Create a Custom Web Category consisting of www.facebook.com. To create a web category, go to Web Filter > Category > Category and click Add to create a new category.

Include www.facebook.com in the category, as shown below.

OK to save category.

Step 2: Create Web Filter Policy to Block Facebook

Go to Web Filter > Policy >Policy and click Add to create a new Web Filter Policy named BlockFacebook.

Click OK to save the Policy.

Step 3: Configure Rules for Web Filter Policy

Select the Policy ‘BlockFacebook’ created in step 2 and click Add to add the Web Filter Policy Rule according to following parameters.




Category Type

Web Category

Select Category Type for which the rule is to be added.



You can also search the category name from the search text box provided.

HTTP Action

HTTPS Action


Select HTTP and HTTPS action.


All the time

Select the Schedule for categories selected.


Click Add to add the rule.

Click OK to save changes to the policy. 

Step 4: Apply Policy to Firewall Rule or User/User Group

Firewall Rule

You can apply the policy through a Firewall Rule such that it is applied on all traffic that hits on that rule. To create a Firewall Rule, go to Firewall > Rule > IPv4 Rule and click Add. As shown below, apply the Policy created in step 1.

Click OK to create the Firewall Rule. 

User/User Group

You can apply the rule to individual users or user groups. Here, as an example we have applied the rule on a user named John Smith. To apply the policy on an individual user, go to Identity > Users > Users and select the user on whom policy is to be applied, i.e., John Smith. As shown below, apply the Policy created in step 1.

OK to apply policy on the user.

The above configuration blocks access to a particular website.




Specifically in case of Facebook, the above configuration blocks access to the Facebook website ONLY. To block any or all Facebook applications, refer to the article How To - Block Facebook Applications.




                                                                                                                                                            Document Version: 2.2 – 11 November, 2014
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