School Manager utilizes "Categories” to label each website or connection and block or allow access to it based on your school's filtering policies. Categories can have Subcategories and Signatures, allowing users with the Filtering Administrator or Owner/Global Administrator role to customize the filtering policies to suit your school's specific requirements. You can learn more about creating effective filtering policies using Categories, Subcategories, and Signatures in our guide.
We regularly review and update each Category, Subcategory, and Signature to ensure websites are accurately classified. If you think a website has been misclassified, please contact the Linewize Support Team.
Main Categories Breakdown
Business and Government
Entrepreneurship, Financial, and Legal-related.
|Business||Management, consulting, marketing, and commercial information. Information about products and services.||ibtimes.com|
|Classifieds||Advertising goods and services for sale and trade, usually between private citizens.||craigslist.com, gumtree.com.au|
|Financial Services||Banking, accounting, and taxation information and services.||paypal.com, alipay.com|
|Home and Real Estate||Information related to property construction, buying, selling, and renting.||4321property.com, realestate.com.au|
|Law and Government||Government and Emergency Sites and Services.||embassy-finder.com, legislation.gov.au|
|Legal||Legal advice, services, and professional societies.||law.com|
|Military||Military branches, Armed services, Military history.||defense.gov|
Careers and Education
Educational Lectures, Learning content, and Self-improvement.
|Education||Teaching methodology, academic tutoring, and information about schools and extracurricular education.||mathletics.com, educationperfect.com|
|Educational Resources||Resources for academic, professional, and personal learning.||coolmath.com, wordreference.com|
|Universities and Colleges||Information about vocational schools, colleges, and universities.||harvard.edu, topuniversities.com|
Art, Digital recreation, Music, Sports, Streaming.
|Animation and Manga||All Animation styles, Cartoons, and Comics.||animelab.com, funimation.com,|
|Celebrities and Entertainment||Celebrity information, Gossip, and Musical tours.||eonline.com|
|Film/Music Reviews||Online publication for movies and music.||imdb.com|
|Music and Audio||Music events, distribution, downloading, and streaming services.||spotify.com, itunes.com, tidal.com|
|Sports||Sporting news, Live sporting events.||espn.com|
|Streaming Media||Digital video and images, including TV shows and movies.||twitch.tv|
All gaming-related content (educational and non-educational).
|Educational Games||Local or online games intended for learning and self-improvement.||chess.com, coolmathgames.com|
|Game Stores and Publishers||Games retailers, streaming services, and online distribution platforms.||steampowered.com, epicgames.com|
|Gaming Resources||Online forums, and wikis involving gaming content.||liquidpedia.net, pcgamingwiki.com|
|Video Games||Content that allows the downloading and playing of games.||minecraft.net, slither.io|
Information and Reference
Dictionaries, Encyclopaedia, Maps, Reference Material.
|AI Tools||Tools that use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (ChatGPT, Deepfake, AI Art generators).||openai.com, deepfakesweb.com|
|Books and Literature||Discussions, reviews, distribution, and online publication of novels and other literature.||barnesandnoble.com, ebooks.com|
|Computer Security||Computer and cyber security information, tools, and resources (VPN, proxy, and antivirus providers).||adblocker.com, ublockorigin.com|
|Computing and Electronics||Computer hardware and software development information, tools, sales, services, and resources.||techradar.com, computerworld.com|
|Dictionaries and Encyclopedias||Reference material and Resources regarding general topics.||dictionary.com,
|Knowledge Sharing and Forums||Resource sharing, reviews, and general information across all subject areas.||fandom.com, stackoverflow.com|
|Libraries and Museums||Digital and physical libraries, galleries, exhibitions, and museums.||louvre.fr, openlibrary.org|
|Local Information||Regional guides, live events, and tourist information.||allevents.in|
|Maps||Online regional and national navigation tools.||maps.google.com, waze.com|
|News||Local, national, and international news and current affairs sites, services, and discussion.||cnn.com, bbc.com|
|Translation||Tools and services that transcribe, translate, or interpret content.||translate.google.com, freetranslation.com|
|Vehicles||Vehicle sales, servicing, repair, and other forms of transportation.||cars.com, autotrader.com|
Internet and Telecom
Backend website/application data services, Email, Social Media, and Technical Software.
|Adblockers||Software or services to remove or block online advertisements.
Caution: some websites may not function correctly when this category is blocked.
|Advertising and Trackers||Tracking services that monitor user interactions with websites, applications, and services that deliver targeted and untargeted marketing content to them.
Caution: blocking this category may stop some websites and services from functioning correctly, particularly ones employing anti-adblocker technology.
|Blogging||Blogs, journals, and other media that are self-published online.||medium.com, wordpress.com|
|CDN and Infrastructure||Servers that provide digital storage for online services. They can often be vital to their operation.
Caution: Some websites may not function correctly when this category is blocked.
|Webmail tools and services.
Caution: This does not include email client services.
|File Sharing and Productivity||Online file sharing, storage, and viewing tools.||dropbox.com, download.com|
|Other Search Engines||Other miscellaneous web search tools and services.
Caution: These do not have Safe Search options.
|Parked Domains||Domains (Website addresses) that are not registered or awaiting registration.||Websites are made and dropped daily. Regular checks are done to re-categorize any domains that have been re-registered.|
|Peer-to-Peer||Commonly known as torrenting. Websites/Applications that facilitate torrenting and the direct exchange of files between users.||bittorrent.com, utorrent.com|
|Portals||Website integrating diverse sources, emails, online forums, and search engines.||naver.com, qq.com|
|Proxies and VPNS||Sites and services that allow users to gain access to content in any way that bypasses URL filtering or monitoring.||expressvpn.com, nordvpn.com|
|Remote Access Tools||Tools and services that facilitate authorized remote access to another desktop or private network.||teamviewer.com, anydesk.com|
|Search Engines||Tools that allow users to search the internet for content.||google.com, bing.com|
|Social Media||Applications, tools, and resources that allow people to interact, communicate and share content online.||facebook.com, twitter.com|
|Software and Tech||Technology news, sales, and information about the development and application of tools, machines, materials, and technological processes.||github.com, office365.com|
|Updates||Connections and web addresses relating to an application or operating system updates.||update.microsoft.com, updates.cdn-apple.com|
|VOIP and Messaging||Internet telephone, messaging, VoIP, and related tools and services.||zoom.com, skype.com|
People and Society
Politics, Philosophy, Marriage, and Religion.
|Dating||Information, platforms, services, and resources focused on establishing romantic personal relationships.||tinder.com, bumble.com|
|Health and Fitness||Information, tools, services, and resources to support physical and mental health.||webmd.com, menshealth.com|
|Job Search||Job recruitment and resources for job seekers.||seek.com, indeed.com|
|Kids||Content designed specifically for children and teenagers.||abckidssongs.com, timeforkids.com|
|Lifestyle||Content that supports an individual's aesthetic preferences and self-expression.||skinspecialist.org, skincandy.net|
|Non-Government Organisation||Charities, Charitable events, and non-profit foundations.||worldvision.org, worldorphanage.org|
|Pets and Animals||Resources about the acquisition and care of animals.||cats.com, spcai.org|
|Religion||Websites related to religions, beliefs, and practices.||salvationarmy.org, anglicancommunion.org|
Recreation and Hobbies
Outdoor activities, Arts and Crafts, Pets.
|Arts and Crafts||Showcases, discussion, and resources for people engaging in handicrafts and do-it-yourself projects. Some sites may contain adult content.||deviantart.com, origamiway.com|
Biology, Mathematics, Physics, and other sciences.
|Agriculture||Farming and growing crops.||futurefarmers.com|
|Environment||Information and studies related to living organisms and their natural habitat.||greenpeace.org, climatecooling.org|
|History||Discussion and review of historical events.||history.com, worldhistory.org|
|Social Sciences||Content involving People, Human culture, and Civilization. Includes information about local events and community organizations.||ssrc.org|
Shopping and Travel
Goods and Services, Online stores, Travel, and Tourism.
|Fashion and Beauty||Beauty products, Clothing, and Accessories.||vogue.com, cosmopolitan.com|
|Food and Dining||Restaurants, cooking, and meal-related content, including delivery apps and services.||Allrecipes.com, Epicurious.com|
|Shopping||Online stores with the ability to purchase products or services.||amazon.com, ebay.com|
|Travel||Flights, Accommodation, and Tourism information.||tripadvisor.com, airbnb.com|
Malicious content, Viruses, Keyloggers, and Trojan Horses.
Example websites will not be given as they could be malicious.
|Bot Nets||Online services and addresses which are often used to initiate malicious attacks on networks. Bot Nets are generally utilized to overload servers, which can make websites/applications unreachable or unusable—also known as DDoS/DDoSing.|
Information about and access to software programs that capture the keystrokes on a keyboard.
Keyloggers can record all personal information entered into a device, e.g., 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.
|Spam URLs||Sites that are 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.|
Provocative or disturbing content (pornography, racism, sexism, and graphic violence).
Example websites will not be given as they could be deemed offensive.
|Abortions||Abortion procedures and access, including anti-abortion content.|
|Academic Dishonesty||Information, resources, tools, and discussions to facilitate or encourage cheating on school exams and assignments.|
|Adult and Pornography||Sexually explicit content.|
|Adult Mixed Content||Intentionally or unintentionally containing adult and pornographic content alongside all-ages content, such as content aggregators or message boards.|
|Alcohol||Information about and access to alcoholic substances.|
|Extreme||Graphic and violent content, including animal cruelty and self-harm.|
|Gambling||Online betting activities and lotteries.|
|Hacking||Information, tools, and resources used for obtaining unauthorized access to computer systems.|
|Hate Speech||Prejudiced and discriminatory content that may incite hate towards a particular group.|
|Illegal||Information, tools, resources, and discussions to assist in committing criminal activity.|
|Illegal Adult Content||Content containing or referencing illegal pornography or other illegal, explicit content.|
|Intimate Apparel||Content that sells or displays swimwear, night clothes, undergarments, and accessories.|
|Marijuana||Information, tools, resources, and discussion regarding the use or cultivation of marijuana.|
|Nudity||Intentionally or unintentionally sexually provocative nude or semi-nude depictions of the human body.|
|Occult||Mystical, supernatural, and pseudoscientific information, discussion, and resources.|
|Piracy||Reproducing and distributing copyrighted content.|
|Profanity||Content containing generally obscene, vulgar, or derogatory language.|
|Questionable||Potentially malicious, misleading, or unethical information.|
|Risky Web||Content that promotes and encourages illegal, violent, or harmful behavior.|
|Sex Education||Information about human sexuality, including reproduction, sexual health, and intercourse.|
|Substance Abuse||Information about and access to recreational drugs, including addiction and rehabilitation resources.|
|Tobacco||Content that promotes or sells tobacco and related products.|
|Violence||Depictions, descriptions, and discussions of violence and violent events, both real and fictional.|
|Weapons||Information about and access to hunting, military, and personal combat tools that can injure or kill.|