A new tips & tricks how-to guide: How to block Top Level Domains (TLD).
The Internet is huge, and growing daily with new Top Level Domains being added all the time. A TLD is .com, .net, .ru, etc. It’s the last part of a website address which denotes the country that website is hosted in, usually.
So using ebay as an example, these are their TLD addresses:
Unless you live in Russia, or have family in Russia, odds are you’ll never need to access a .ru website. Maybe if you’re in the IT field or do alot of Internet research, but for most of us .ru can, and should be blocked.
Finding, and categorizing websites is an art-form. There is no standard, so every company that offers any form of content filtering is different. We think Kibosh is demonstrably the best Internet content filter in the world today. We build our own block lists, an no other service enforces SafeSearch on as many sites. That being proudly said, nothing is perfect.
However, using this technique you can ensure your network is protected as well as can be using the vailable technology.
You could block .au, .ca and still be able to access ebay.com. Thus you have reduced your exposure to the entire .au, and .ca group of websites.
We recommend blocking the following:
As good as Kibosh is by default, the Internet is huge, and growing daily. In 2013 we developed a tool to categorize the Internet based on key words we call ARCE (adaptive real-time categorization engine). This propriatary tool gives us the ability to build very accurate categories of websites which we can then block. However, it’s mostly focused on pornography, malware, and phishing related content.
We don’t offer many categories of content, but they are accurate. The There are a lot of websites to be categorized, with new sites coming online everyday. Kibosh is one of the best at finding, and blocking the bad sites, but nothing is prefect. However, this imperfection is the result of so many TLD (top level domains). Because most of the websites in the world today are .com, .org, .net, etc, this is where our tools are focused most often.
To reduce your exposure to the bad stuff it’s a good idea to block a few TLDs known for hosting objectionable content, like Russia, China, Spain, etc. It’s very rare you’ll need to access a website in these countries, so blocking them will 1) reduce your exposure to objectionable content, 2) block potential malware hosting websites.