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WebBlocker add new subcategories

New subcategories were added to webblocker, but allowed additions were made.

How can I find out what the new subcategories were?
Is there a way that when new categories are added, a report is sent or they are added in a blocked way by default.

Here an example, i was denny Social Web - Faceboo and were add new subcategory from Facebook allowed.

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    james.carsonjames.carson Moderator, WatchGuard Representative

    Hello @fafranqueljose

    You can find the new categories listed in the release notes for the version they were added in:

    (Enhancements and Resolved Issues in Fireware v12.10.2)
    https://www.watchguard.com/support/release-notes/fireware/12/en-US/EN_ReleaseNotes_Fireware_12_10_2/index.html#Fireware/en-US/resolved_issues.html

    WebBlocker now supports new Social Web, Collaboration - Office, Information Technology, and Internet Watch Foundation categories and subcategories. [FBX-26028, FBX-26020]

    For a full listing of each category including a description of each, please see the help article here:

    (About WebBlocker Categories)
    https://www.watchguard.com/help/docs/help-center/en-US/Content/en-US/Fireware/services/webblocker/webblocker_categories_websense_c.html

    If you are already denying the global facebook item, it's unlikely that users will be able to access the other subcategories, and thus will not appear on your reports.

    If you'd like to sign up for email alerts related to new feature releases, please subscribe to the support blog at https://www.watchguard.com/wgrd-blog

    -James Carson
    WatchGuard Customer Support

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    Well, that's something I can understand, but I haven't updated my firebox software yet, it's still on version 12.8.2 (Build 666661),

    So the questions would be:
    1. Why were new subcategories added to a webblocker from a previous version?
    2. What can I do so that when they are added they are not added in allowed mode?

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    Forcepoint is the provider of web site categorizations.
    Forcepoint has provided these additional categories.

    When you upgrade to v12.10.2 or later, these new categories will be automatically added and allowed.
    You you will need to modify your config at that time to block unwanted new categories.

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    james.carsonjames.carson Moderator, WatchGuard Representative

    Hi @fafranqueljose

    1.If the firewall doesn't know what the category is, it'll treat the site as uncategorized.

    1. New items will always be added in a mode that would not cause an unintended block to occur. Since they did not exist previously, they would be allowed. It would be difficult/impossible for someone to use any of those functions of Facebook with the main site blocked.

    The best course of action would be to upgrade your firewall so that you can set those categories as you see fit for your network.

    -James Carson
    WatchGuard Customer Support

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