Changes to the Categorization Structure in School Manager

This article is for IT Support.

As part of our ongoing effort to improve our products, we will be changing our current School Manager Category Hierarchy to streamline its structure. Linewize will automatically update your policies impacted by the Categorization Structure change. This change will not affect Objects or Object Pools, and you will not need to make any changes.

What is changing?

Themes

The first significant change is to the terminology around the Category Hierarchy. Currently, our hierarchy consists of:

  • Top-level Categories
    • Subcategories
      • Signatures

This hierarchy will change to:

  • Themes
    • Categories
      • Signatures

We will also be consolidating 12 top-level categories into ten themes.

Current Top-Level Categories New Themes
Business and Government Business and Government
Information and Reference

Information and Reference

Recreation and Hobbies
Science
Career and Education
Gaming Gaming
Entertainment Arts and Entertainment
Malware Malware and  Hacking
Offensive Mature and Explicit
People and Society People and Society
Shopping and Travel Shopping and Travel
Internet and Telecom Web and Infrastructure
  Social Media and Communication

Categories

The second significant change involves our Categories (previously called subcategories). We will merge several categories and deprecate a select few. The following table displays all the categories we will merge together:

Current Subcategory Merged Category
Libraries and Museums

 

Museums and Culture

 

History
Educational Resources

Education

Education
Computing and Electronics

 

Computing and Electronics

Computer Security
Phishing and Other Frauds

 

Malware and Phishing

Questionable
Keyloggers

Hacking

Botnets
Spyware and Adware
Hacking
Spam URLs
Alcohol

Alcohol and Tobacco

Tobacco
Hate Speech

Intolerance

Profanity
VOIP and Messaging

Messaging and Conferencing

Web Chat
Travel

Travel

Local Information

We will remove the following categories and replace them with substituted categories. If you have these categories as part of any filtering policies in School Manager, we will replace them with the substitute category.

Removed Category Substitute Category
Classifieds Shopping
Arts and Crafts Recreation and Hobbies
Risky Web Hacking
Web File Sharing File Sharing
Adblockers Advertising

When will these changes happen?

These changes will take effect starting in December 2023. The Linewize Team will actively manage this change. You do not need to take any action for these changes to take effect. If you notice anything out of place or specific filtering policies are not working, please contact Linewize Support for further assistance.

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