Working with Policies

Policies enable you to exercise control over Internet activity that can effect security, productivity, performance and legal issues.

Policies are executed in a sequential order from top to bottom.

You can create as many new policies as required, either by configuring each new policy from scratch or by cloning existing policies. Configured policies are displayed as a list in the left sidebar. Click the switch next to configured policies to activate or deactivate as required.


GFI WebMonitor policies work in a sequential order. The policies at the top take precedence over the ones beneath. It is possible to change the order of the configured policies by dragging a policy to the desired place in the list, however this may have repercussions on your setup.

A default policy is automatically created when GFI WebMonitor is installed. This is the fallback policy – if no policies are matched for a given situation, the default policy will apply.

This policy is configured to Allow all Internet traffic to Everyone. You can change the policy type to Block, but you cannot delete or disable this default policy. New policies are added on top of the default policy to provide monitoring and filtering options as required.

2 additional policies are also enabled by default when GFI WebMonitor is installed:

Policy Description
Blacklist The BlacklistA list that contains information about what should be blocked by GFI WebMonitor. is a list of sites, users and IP addresses that are always blocked by GFI WebMonitor.
Whitelist The WhitelistA list that contains information about what should be allowed by GFI WebMonitor. is a list of sites, users and IP addresses that are automatically excluded from all filtering policies configured in GFI WebMonitor.

The default policies:

  • Apply to everyone
  • Can be edited - customization of default policy is limited
  • Cannot be disabled or deleted

For each configured policy, GFI WebMonitor provides a summary of the configured values. These values include:

Option Description
Policy Type There are 2 types of policies, Default Policy or Custom Policy.
Policy Action Displays the action the policy will take when the configured criteria are met. The action can be Allow, Block, Warn or Monitor.
Status Shows if the selected policy is Active or Inactive.
Active Since If the policy status is Active, the summary displays the date since the policy has been active.
Applies To Displays the number of users, groups or IPs the selected policy applies to.
Allow, Warn, Monitor or Block This area shows how many websites, applications or file types are affected by the configured policy action.
Thresholds Displays configured limits based on bandwidth, hits or time.
Notify Shows any configured notifications. Can be User, AdministratorThe person responsible for installing and configuring GFI WebMonitor. or both.
Scheduled on Displays the period during which the selected policy is active.
Exceptions Displays configured exceptions that are not affected by the policy.

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