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Customized Settings

There is no need for you to adjust any settings here. You will only need these options if you want to add your own domains or search patterns!

In addition to utilizing a list that contains in excess of 300,000 domain names which are classified as forbidden by default (e.g. http://www.playboy.com) and several thousand domain names which are automatically labeled approved (e.g. http://www.cnn.com), the content filter has the ability to search websites for certain criteria provided they are not included on the list of allowed/forbidden domains. This applies, of course, to the majority of all websites.

Keep in mind that SiteKiosk processes the various filter lists in a specific order: custom URLs, SiteKiosk URL list, custom search terms, and SiteKiosk search terms. This means that the search terms will no longer apply if a URL has been explicitly allowed or forbidden. If you want to block a specific URL, use the surfing area option of SiteKiosk rather than the custom search terms of the content filter.

1. Custom search terms
Unless already classified as allowed/forbidden, websites will be searched based on certain criteria. A site meeting the corresponding criterion will not be displayed, and the (SiteKiosk) user will be shown a dialog box informing the user as to the reasons why this site was blocked. You can supplement this list with your own terms. To do so, click on ADD. You also have the option to EDIT or DELETE search patterns.

1.1 Search patterns
Use this option to enter the word or combination of words you wish to find, e.g.: pornography. You can also specify placeholders (*) such as porn*, which will result in the terms pornography, porno, porno movie, etc. matching the search pattern.
You can also use a string of words, e.g. under 18.

We would like to point out that our list of blocked URLs already contains several hundred word combinations for the German and the English language. Consequently, expanding this list is optional rather than a necessity.

Proceed by selecting whether you want to explicitly allow or forbid the search pattern and in which sections of the site you want look for the terms.
Again, you can also explicitly allow certain terms. For instance, if the term sex* is forbidden, you can still allow the term sexuality. If this term was now found during the search, the site would not be blocked.
1.2 Document title
Looks for the search pattern in the title of the document. In a regular browser, you will find the title of a document in the upper blue window bar and when you bookmark a web page.

1.3 <Meta> tags
The so-called meta tags of an HTML document contain information about the content and key words that are used by search engines. Meta tag information remains invisible on the actual HTML page.

1.4 URL (address)
Looks for the search pattern in the URL, i.e. the address to the website.

1.5 <Body> tag
The visible portion of an HTML page is contained in the body tags. If you add the flag body tag to a search pattern, this search pattern will be applied to the text that is visible on an HTML page. Use this feature with caution. There is not much sense, for instance, in including the term SEX in this option as this word is use in abundance on countless websites that do not have to be classified as harmful to young people.

2. Ban the following subject areas
The filtering list included with the content filter contains hundreds of thousands of domain names which are labeled either as forbidden or allowed. The majority of these sites has also been grouped into categories. You can use the checkboxes to allow and forbid certain subject areas as well.

2.1 Softcore erotic content
Content that includes rather light erotic imagery and can be compared to the content you will find on free TV channels or in magazines.

2.2 Right-wing extremist content
This category comprises all site that feature right-wing extremist content as well as sites that glorify violence.

2.3 Gambling
Grouped in this category are sites that offer games of luck on the Internet with an intention of financial gain.

2.4 Translation sites
Users can use translation sites to have certain web pages translated into the language of their choice. Since the content of third-party sites will be displayed within the domain of these translation sites, the content filter may no longer be able to detect the URL that was originally opened. This is the reason why you should not allow users access to translation sites.

2.5 Chats
Included in this category are domains which primarily allow chats with other participants.

2.6 Drugs
Websites matching this category deal with drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, etc., but exclude websites that try to educate users about drug abuse.

2.7 Anonymizers
Anonymizers are websites that offer the user the option to surf the Web anonymously. Since the content of third-party sites will be masked below the domain of the anonymizer site, the content filter may no longer be able to detect the URL that was originally opened. You should, therefore, refrain from allowing anonymizers as they offer a way to circumvent the content filter.
Example: http://www.anonymizer.com/.

2.8 Top-level domains
This refers to top-level porn domains like .xxx, .adult, .porn, etc.

2.9 Websites banned by government authorities
This only refers to websites that have been put on the index by the German Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (BPjM). From a legal standpoint, we recommend that you block at least this category to ensure that your terminal may be set up in a public area.

2.10 Webmail providers
Included in this category are websites of email gateway providers such as http://www.hotmail.com.

2.11 Websites for children
Refers to websites whose content is intended for children.

2.12 All other domains (not classified)
The vast majority of the domains included in the filtering list have not yet been specified in detail. Included in the category of other forbidden domains are all entries that are to be blocked in general.

As a general rule, you should NOT disable this classification as all domains that are not classified in more detail will otherwise be approved.

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