Latest WF Database:

Web Filtering categories are organized into 6 main groups

Security Risk

  • Malicious Websites
  • Phishing
  • Spam URLs

General Interest - Business

  • Finance and Banking
  • Search Engines and Portals
  • General Organizations
  • Business
  • Information and Computer Security
  • Government and Legal Organizations
  • Information Technology
  • Armed Forces
  • Web Hosting
  • Secure Websites
  • Web-based Applications

Adult/Mature Content

  • Alternative Beliefs
  • Abortion
  • Other Adult Materials
  • Advocacy Organizations
  • Gambling
  • Nudity and Risque
  • Pornography
  • Dating
  • Weapons (Sales)
  • Marijuana
  • Sex Education
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Lingerie and Swimsuit
  • Sports Hunting and War Games

Bandwidth Consuming

  • Freeware and Software Downloads
  • File Sharing and Storage
  • Streaming Media and Download
  • Peer-to-peer File Sharing
  • Internet Radio and TV
  • Internet Telephony

Potentially Liable

  • Drug Abuse
  • Hacking
  • Illegal or Unethical
  • Discrimination
  • Explicit Violence
  • Extremist Groups
  • Proxy Avoidance
  • Plagiarism
  • Child Abuse

General Interest - Personal

  • Advertising
  • Brokerage and Trading
  • Games
  • Web-based Email
  • Entertainment
  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Health and Wellness
  • Job Search
  • Medicine
  • News and Media
  • Social Networking
  • Political Organizations
  • Reference
  • Global Religion
  • Shopping and Auction
  • Society and Lifestyles
  • Sports
  • Travel
  • Personal Vehicles
  • Dynamic Content
  • Meaningless Content
  • Folklore
  • Web Chat
  • Instant Messaging
  • Newsgroups and Message Boards
  • Digital Postcards
  • Child Education
  • Real Estate
  • Restaurant and Dining
  • Personal Websites and Blogs
  • Content Servers
  • Domain Parking
  • Personal Privacy

Categorization Criteria

FortiGuard URL Database Categories are based upon the Web content viewing suitability of three major groups of customers: enterprises, schools, and home/families. They also take into account customer requirements for Internet management. The categories are defined to be easily manageable and patterned to industry standards.


Each category contains websites or web pages that have been assigned based on their dominant Web content. A website or webpage is categorized into a specific category that is likely to be blocked according to its content. When a website contains elements in different categories, web pages on the site are separately categorized.


Descriptions of the categories above are designed to assist the reader with category comprehension only; they are not meant to depict any form of symbolic representation of the individuals who own or surf these sites.