This section describes FortiGate web filtering for HTTP traffic. The three main parts of the web filtering function, the Web Content Filter, the URL Filter, and the FortiGuard Web Filtering Service interact with each other to provide maximum control over what users on your network can view as well as protection to your network from many Internet content threats. Web Content Filter blocks web pages containing words or patterns that you specify. URL filtering uses URLs and URL patterns to block or exempt web pages from specific sources. FortiGuard Web Filtering provides many additional categories you can use to filter web traffic.
This Handbook chapter includes Inside FortiOS: Web Filtering and provides readers an overview of the features and benefits of key FortiOS 5.4 components.
For readers needing to delve into greater detail, we provide the following topics: