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Curtin Information Technology Services (CITS)

Web Content Filtering

Web content filtering is an automatic system that blocks content according to a subscription based website categorisation and reputation.

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
  • Bot Networks, Keyloggers, Malicious Web Sites, Phishing and other Frauds, Spyware
  • Cheating
  • Gambling
  • Hacking, Proxy Avoidance
  • Illegal or Questionable
  • Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
  • Racism and Hate
  • Violence
  • Weapons

If a website is blocked by the Internet content filtering system, you will be redirected to a screen advising you that the site has been filtered and the prohibited category the site belongs to.

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

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 a "Malicious Web Site".

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.

For other "incorrect" categories you can request 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 within 24 hours.

You can request an exemption by following the link to the Internet Content Filter Exemption form

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