INFO: Web Filter Database changes - May 2019

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This article applies to:

  • WebMarshal
  • Trustwave Web Filter Database


Trustwave has moved to a new source for the Web Filter Database URL categorization service that is used by WebMarshal and other products.

The new source provides significantly improved coverage and accuracy of classifications.

This change took effect with the database updates published on May 1, 2019. 

The update process does not require any action from customers. Due to the changes mentioned below, customers should review their use of the categories.

Categorization Changes

As usual for a change in the source of categories, some URLs are categorized differently in the new database. To check the categorization of any URL in the new database, see the URL check page on the Trustwave support site. You can also request a review of categorization.

Deprecated Categories

Some categories in the old database have no direct equivalent in the new database. The deprecated categories generally relate to special purpose sites and typically include only a small number of URLs. The URLs in these categories have generally been added to other appropriate categories.

In new installations of WebMarshal  7.5 and above, the deprecated categories are removed.

On upgrade to version 7.5, the deprecated categories are listed as "Category [category number] no longer available". To preserve integrity of customer configuration the categories are not removed. Trustwave recommends that customers remove the listings manually. 

  • The list below shows the number for each deprecated category.

In earlier versions, the deprecated categories will still be available, but they will no longer be updated. They will contain the final list of URLs published from the old database. Trustwave recommends that customers do not use the deprecated categories and remove the listings manually. 

The list of deprecated categories and category numbers is:

  • Adware (0) 
  • Child Pornography (9)
  • Comics (10)
  • Cults (13)
  • School cheating (88)
  • Educational games (20)
  • Fantasy sports (24)
  • Fitness (27)
  • Free hosting (28)
  • Freeware (29)
  • Greeting cards (70)
  • Holistic medicine (42)
  • Humor (43)
  • Internet radio (48)
  • ISPs (49)
  • Military appreciation (59)
  • Online classes (68)
  • Portals (78)
  • Religious opinion (85)
  • Remote access (34)
  • Social opinion (93)
  • Self defense (90)
  • Theater (97)
  • Tickets (98)
  • Traffic (107)
  • Web-based productivity apps (113)
  • Web-based newsgroups (109)

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