Blocking Access to Malware Sites at Your School

This article is for Filtering Administrators and IT Support.

Malware poses a significant threat to the security and integrity of your school's computer systems. School Manager has a Malware and Hacking Content Filtering Theme to combat this risk and support dedicated malware protection solutions deployed at your school.  

Create a Malware Filtering Policy

You can make a Content Filtering Policy for Malware and Hacking like you would create a policy for any other type of content in School Manager. In the policy’s Type field, search or select Malware and Hacking. You can also search for a specific kind of malware, such as spyware.

Tip

If you want to see which users are trying to access Proxy or VPN websites, we recommend you block the Proxies and VPNs Category in a separate Content Filtering Policy.

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Img 1: Adding Malware and Hacking to a content filtering rule

What types of malware is in the Theme?

The Malware and Hacking Theme includes a range of malware types:

Subcategories Description
Spam URLs Sites linked to sending irrelevant or unsolicited messages over the Internet. Spam websites can trigger a computer to open many windows to distract you while installing malware/bloatware on your computer.
Spyware and Adware Sites that provide or promote information gathering or tracking without the user’s explicit consent. These websites can install programs on your computer that steals sensitive personal information.
Bot Nets Online services and addresses often used to initiate malicious attacks on networks. Botnets are generally utilized to overload servers, which can make websites/applications unreachable or unusable—also known as DDoS/DDoSing.
Key Loggers

Information about and access to software programs that capture the keystrokes on a keyboard.

Keyloggers can record all personal information entered into a device, such as passwords, ID numbers, and anything entered using a keyboard.

Phishing and Other Frauds

Sites and services that host fraudulent content to retrieve personal information or expose the user to malicious software.

Phishing sites mimic other real businesses or services to trick users into entering personal information and passwords.

How can I find out if a site is in the Malware and Hacking Theme?

Using the Category Search, you can find out if a website is in the Malware and Hacking theme. Category Search allows you to search for specific websites and see their associated theme or category.

Does Linewize add more sites to the Malware and Hacking Theme?

The Linewize team and partner companies monitor the internet to identify new and emerging malware threats. These websites are continually categorized within the Malware and Hacking theme to ensure effective protection.

How can I add a website that should be included in the Malware and Hacking Theme?

Contact Linewize Support with the site's details or category and request a review. Our Cyber Safety team evaluates the request and makes updates to fit all our users.

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