Sonar's Web Filtering service is one of Sonar's most outstanding features, and while we understand that blocking particular websites are important for schools and organisations, it is also important to have the ability to unblock websites for their users. This is where Site Exceptions come into play.
ADDING A SITE EXCEPTION
In the Sonar GUI, navigate to Groups and select the desired group you want to apply an exception to. Once the group is selected, double click to open the Maintain Groups window. Click on Rules -> HTTP to enter the HTTP Filtering options. Immediately, you should notice a few options along the top which show Site Exception, URL Exception and URL Reg. Exp Exception.
- Click on the ellipsis button next to Site Exception. This will bring up a window.
- You'll see two columns or "boxes" with arrows in between. On the left, it will show all the available categories of websites. On the right, it will most likely be blank (if you haven't entered in any exceptions).
- Using the arrow buttons, select any appropriate categories of websites you want to apply as exceptions and move them across to the right hand side. This means, any website in that category will be excepted, and users will be able to visit those websites.
- You can create "Custom" lists for exceptions, which will allow you to manually specify certain websites to be excepted, as opposed to whole categories (see Adding a Custom Allow/Block List).
One thing that it is important to note is that exceptions always override filtering, which means anything in the block lists will be overridden by exceptions, if you have it blocked, but also have it in exceptions, UNLESS it is blocked in Global Policy.