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Web Content Filtering

What is web content filtering?

Web content filtering is an automatic system that blocks content according to a subscription based website categorisation and reputation.
The Internet content filtering software that Curtin uses provides hundreds of organisations around the world with the latest security warnings on malicious Internet events including spyware, phishing, spam, crimeware and compromised websites.

How does the content filtering software work?

When a user attempts to visit a website, the University's web content filter checks the category of the site based upon a knowledgebase. The University has implemented access blocking to sites categorised as:

  • Adult Content/Adult Material/Sex
  • Hacking, Proxy Avoidance
  • Violence
  • Bot Networks, Keybloggers, Malicious Web Sites, Phishing and other Frauds, Spyware
  • Illegal or Questionable
  • Weapons
  • Cheating
  • Peer-to-Peer file Sharing
  • Gambling
  • Racism and Hate

As an automated tool, web content filtering does not guarantee 100% protection.

Sites categorised as "Malicious Web Site" and blocked

Curtin's Internet content filter assists staff and students by blocking access to compromised sites to prevent infection of staff and student computers.

The University has no control over legitimate web sites that have been compromised, and subsequently categorised as "Malicious Web Site". CITS Service Desk may be able to assist you in advising the website owner of the situation.

Once the malicious code has been removed from the website by the site owner, the site will be automatically removed from the "Malicious Web Site" category and access to the site will be permitted.

Requests for web sites to be re-categorised from "Malicious Web Site" to another category cannot be accepted, as they will compromise security controls on Curtin's environment.

How do I report an Incorrect Category?

For other "incorrect" categorises you can request for the category of the site be reviewed by following the link to the Request form. If a site is reviewed and re-categorised, Curtin's Internet content filter database is updated. The average turnaround time for this is less than 24 hours.

What if the site is correctly categorised and blocked but I need to access it for academic purposes?

With the exclusion of sites categorised as "Malicious Web Site", if the current category is correct, and you have a legitimate academic, or work, need to visit the site, you can request an exemption by following the link to the Internet Content Filter Exemption Form.

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