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Category and protocol filter templates
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When you create a new category or protocol filter, you can begin by making a copy of an existing filter on the Filters page, selecting an existing filter as a model on the Add Filter page, or using a filter template.
Your software includes 7 category filter templates:
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Monitor Only and Permit All permit all categories.
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Block All blocks all categories.
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Basic blocks the most frequently blocked categories and permits the rest.
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Default applies the Block, Permit, Continue, and Quota actions to categories.
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Strict Security extends the Default template by blocking 2 additional security categories, and adding file-type blocking for executables to a third category.
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Basic Security blocks only the default categories in the Security Risk class (see Risk classes).
Your software also includes 4 protocol filter templates:
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Monitor Only and Permit All permit all protocols.
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Basic Security blocks the P2P File Sharing and Proxy Avoidance protocols, as well as Instant Messaging File Attachments and Malicious Traffic.
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Default blocks the Instant Messaging / Chat protocols, as well as the P2P File Sharing, Proxy Avoidance, Instant Messaging File Attachments, and Malicious Traffic.
Although you can modify or delete most pre-defined category and protocol filters, you cannot edit or remove templates. Likewise, although you can create as many custom filters as necessary, you cannot create new templates.
Because templates cannot be modified, they provide a constant method of referring back to the original actions applied by pre-defined filters. For example, the Default category and protocol filter templates apply the same actions as the original Default category and protocol filters. This means that you can always restore the original policy configuration by creating filters that use the template defaults.
For instructions on using a template to create a new filter, see Creating a category filter or Creating a protocol filter.

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