What are the URL categories?

About URL Categories

  • Bandwidth Loss. Super Category: Entertainment/Recreation.
  • Business Use. Super Category: Business and Economy.
  • General Surfing. Super Category: Government and Politics.
  • Legal Liability. Super Category: Adult Material.
  • Productivity Loss. Super Category: Games.
  • Privacy Risk. Super Category: Security.

How do I create a URL category in Palo Alto?


  1. Go to Objects > Security Profiles > URL Filtering and click Add.
  2. Name the profile and select the custom category. Note: The newly created category appears in the Category list with an asterisk next to it.
  3. Optionally, add URLs to the Allow/Block lists as appropriate.

How do I find my URL category in Palo Alto?

Details. There is an option to allow users to verify/test the URL categorization used from the GUI under Objects > Security Profiles > URL Filtering Profile. This is handy to check while troubleshooting an issue or while configuring new URL’s to determine what category needs to be allowed or blocked.

How do I find the URL category?

Follow These Steps:

  1. Submit the desired URL or domain using the zveloLIVE tool to check the current categorization.
  2. Use the “Report a Miscategorized URL” tool (appears after category is retrieved) to suggest a new category and report the URL.
  3. Check back within the hour to see if the category value has been updated.

What is the maximum number categories A URL can have?

Note: Starting from PAN-OS 8.1, the above Limit is Per VSYS and the Maximum Limit of Custom Categories is 2048 per Firewall….What is the Maximum Limit of Custom URL Categories?

PAN-OS Version Custom URL Category Limit
PAN-OS 8.0 500
PAN-OS 7.1 500
PAN-OS 7.0 50
PAN-OS 6.1 50

How does category filtering work?

Content filtering works by specifying content patterns – such as text strings or objects within images – that, if matched, indicate undesirable content that is to be screened out. A content filter will then block access to this content.

How do I check my application category in Palo Alto?

To determine the category or subcategory of an application, search the application on the Application & Threat Research Center (as shown in the screenshot below) or go to Objects > Applications on the Palo Alto Networks firewall.

How do I enable URL filtering in Palo Alto?

Do this by going to Policies > Security and select the appropriate security policy to modify it. Select the Actions tab and in the Profile Setting section, click the drop-down for URL Filtering and select the new profile. Click OK to save.

How do I set the category on my website?

  1. Step 1 – Create a category and define a name for the category. Open the ‘Categories’ pane by clicking the ‘Categories’ tab in the ‘Web Filtering Settings’ interface. Click ‘Add’ from the ‘Categories’ pane. The ‘Add New Category’ dialog will appear.
  2. Step 2 – Add Website to be included to the category.

What is the maximum number categories A URL can have Palo Alto?

Note: Starting from PAN-OS 8.1, the above Limit is Per VSYS and the Maximum Limit of Custom Categories is 2048 per Firewall.

What is a questionable category?

What is Questionable? Palo Alto Networks defines the Questionable category as websites containing tasteless humor, offensive content targeting specific demographics of individuals or groups of people.

What is URL filter?

URL filtering is a type of technology that helps businesses control their users’ and guests’ ability to access certain content on the web. If you’ve ever gotten a “block” page while surfing the internet at the office, then your company is using web filtering.

What is a risk category in Palo Alto Networks URL database?

PAN-DB, the Palo Alto Networks URL database, now assigns multiple categories to URLs that classify a site’s content, purpose, and safety. Every URL now has up to four categories, including a risk category that indicates how likely it is that the site will expose you to threats.

Why can’t I access a URL through the Palo Alto firewall?

The Palo Alto Networks firewall can block access to a URL if it is associated with an incorrect category. This may occur if the firewall’s information is not up-to-date. Perform the following to verify if a URL is associated with an incorrect category: Clear the data plane’s URL cache. Update the URL database.

How do I submit a change request to Palo Alto Networks?

Visit Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering Test A Site to make a change request online. Go to Test A Site. You do not need to log in to submit a change request, though you will need to provide your email as part of the change request form.

How do I submit a URL categorization change request?

You can submit URL categorization change requests using the Palo Alto Networks dedicated web portal ( Test A Site ), the URL Filtering profile setup page on the firewall, or the URL filtering log on the firewall.