URL Categories

The following category map (catmap) table lists the categories that PacketShaper can identify and classify in PacketShaper 11.6. The categories are grouped into 17 types, such as adult related, commerce, communication, and so forth. Note that categories periodically change (approximately every 18 months) and your category database will automatically update when this happens. These changes may not be reflected in the documentation, however.

IDCategory NameDescriptionExample URLs
Adult-Related Categories
1Adult/Mature ContentSites that contain material of adult nature that does not necessarily contain excessive violence, sexual content, or nudity. These sites include very profane or vulgar content and sites that are not appropriate for children.humorbomb.com
landoverbaptist.org
punchbaby.com
93Sexual Expression
Sites that provide information, promote, or cater to alternative sexual expressions in their myriad forms. Includes but is not limited to the full range of non-traditional sexual practices, interests, orientations or fetishes. This category does not include sites that are sexually gratuitous in nature which would typically fall under the Pornography category, nor does it include lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or any sites which speak to one's sexual identity.dailydiapers.com
tigerden.com
ncsfreedom.org
26Child Pornography Sites that include a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. 
7ExtremeSites that are extreme in nature and are not suitable for general consumption. Includes sites that revel and glorify in gore, human or animal suffering, scatological or other aberrant behaviors, perversities or debaucheries. It includes visual or written depictions deemed to be of an unusually horrific nature. These are salacious sites bereft of historical context, educational value or artistic merit created solely to debase, dehumanize or shock. Examples would include necrophilia, cannibalism, scat and amputee fetish sites. 
5Intimate Apparel/SwimsuitSites that contain images or offer the sale of swimsuits or intimate apparel or other types of suggestive clothing. Does not include sites selling undergarments as a subsection of other products offered.victoriassecret.com
fredericks.com
6NuditySites containing nude or seminude depictions of the human body. These depictions are not necessarily sexual in intent or effect, but may include sites containing nude paintings or photo galleries of artistic nature. This category also includes nudist or naturist sites that contain pictures of nude individuals.bodyscapes.com
nudistnews.com
50Mixed Content/Potentially Adult
Sites with generally non-offensive content but that also have potentially objectionable content such as adult or pornographic material that is not organized so that it can be classified separately. Sites that explicitly exclude offensive content are not included in this category.istockphoto.com
images.search.yahoo.com
video.google.com
youtube.com
fotosearch.com
imageshack.us
metacafe.com
imagebam.com
break.com
3PornographySites that contain sexually explicit material for the purpose of arousing a sexual or prurient interest.playboy.com
4Sex EducationSites that provide information (sometimes graphic) on reproduction, sexual development, safe sex practices, sexuality, birth control, tips for better sex, and sexual enhancement products.scarleteen.com

viagra.com
Commerce Categories
59AuctionsSites that support the offering and purchasing of goods between individuals. Does not include classified advertisements.ebay.com
bidfind.com
32Brokerage/TradingSites that provide or advertise trading of securities and management of investment assets (online or offline). Also includes insurance sites, as well as sites that offer financial investment strategies, quotes, and news.ameritrade.com
etrade.com
21Business/EconomySites devoted to business firms, business information, economics, marketing, business management and entrepreneurship. This does not include sites that perform services that are defined in another category (such as Information Technology companies, or companies that sell travel services). Does not include shopping sites.ge.com
sunbeam.com
31Financial ServicesSites that provide or advertise banking services (online or offline) or other types of financial information, such as loans and insurance. Does not include sites that offer market information, brokerage or trading services.americafirst.com
paypal.com
45Job Search/CareersSites that provide assistance in finding employment, and tools for locating prospective employers.hotjobs.yahoo.com
flipdog.com
monster.com
60Real EstateSites that provide information on renting, buying, or selling real estate or properties. Also includes vacation property rentals such as time-shares and vacation condos.century21.com
realtor.com
58ShoppingSites that provide or advertise the means to obtain goods or services. Includes sites that list prices or have a clear way to order merchandise and also includes retail shopping outlets, classified advertisements, price comparisons, hot deals, bargains, etc. Does not include sites that can be classified in other categories (such as Vehicles or Weapons).amazon.com
tigerdirect.com
66TravelSites that promote or provide opportunity for travel planning, including finding and making travel reservations, sharing of travel experiences (pro or con) vehicle rentals, descriptions of travel destinations, or promotions for hotels/casinos or other travel related accommodations. Mass transit information including but not limited to posting of schedules/fares or any other public transportation-related data are also included in this category.travelocity.com
wynnlasvegas.com
orbitz.com
hertz.com
67VehiclesSites that provide information on or promote vehicles, boats, or aircraft, including sites that support online purchase of vehicles or parts.toyota.com
autotrader.com
boattrader.com
88Web Ads/Analytics Sites that provide online advertisements or banners. Does not include advertising servers which serve adult-oriented advertisements. Includes web API embeds (e.g. Facebook “like” button).
adserver.yahoo.com
adserver.inetzone.com
banner.euroads.no
Communication Categories
51Chat (IM)/SMS
Sites that provide chat, text messaging (SMS) or instant messaging capabilities or client downloads.snapchat.com
hangouts.google.com
chat.com
52EmailSites offering web-based email services, such as online email reading, and mailing list services.mail.yahoo.com
outlook.com
53Newsgroups/ForumsSites that primarily offer access to newsgroups, messaging or bulletin board systems, or group blogs where participants can post comments, hold discussions, or seek opinions or expertise on a variety of topics. groups.google.com
blog.netscape.com
forums.asp.net
110Internet TelephonySites that facilitate Internet telephony or provide Internet telephony services such as voice over IP (VOIP).speakfreely.org
linphone.org
skype.com
net2phone.com
pccall.com
twinklephone.com
avavoip.com
cliconnect.com
tivi.com
qutecom.org
111Online MeetingsSites that facilitate online meetings or provide online meeting, conferencing or training services.gotomeeting.com
beamyourscreen.com
dimdim.com
webex.com
wiredred.com
ivisit.com
fuzemeeting.com
ezmeeting.com
gatherplace.net
gomeetnow.com
File Transfer Categories
56File Storage/Sharing
Sites that provide a secure, encrypted, off-site backup and restoration of personal data. These online repositories are typically used to store, organize and share videos, music, movies, photos, documents and other electronically formatted information. Sites that fit this criteria essentially act as your personal hard drive on the Internet.box.net
ibackup.com
flickr.com
83Peer-to-Peer (P2P)Sites that distribute software to facilitate the direct exchange of files between users. P2P includes software that enables file search and sharing across a network without dependence on a central server.datorrents.com
bittorrentbooster.com
frostwire.com
teamtptb.com
fatal-torrent.com
crazy-torrent.com
torrenthub.org
yourtorrents.info
gotorrent.com
71Software DownloadsSites that are dedicated to the electronic download of software for any type of computer or mobile device, whether for payment or at no charge.download.com
tucows.com
Health Related Categories
16AbortionSites which provide information or arguments in favor of or against abortion, describe abortion procedures, offer help in obtaining or avoiding abortion, or provide information on the effects, or lack thereof, of abortion.gynpages.com
abortionfacts.com
23AlcoholSites that offer for sale, promote, glorify, review or in any way advocate the use or creation of alcoholic beverages, including but not limited to beer, wine, and hard liquors. It does not include sites that sell alcohol as a subset of other products such as restaurants or grocery stores.budweiser.com
jackdaniels.com
coors.com
37HealthSites that provide advice and information on general health such as fitness and well-being, personal health or medical services, prescription medications, alternative and complementary therapies, medical information about ailments, dentistry, optometry, general psychiatry, self-help, and support organizations dedicated to a disease or condition.cvs.com
webmd.com
64Restaurants/Dining/FoodSites that list, review, discuss, advertise and promote food, catering, dining services, cooking and recipes.foodnetwork.com
zagat.com
24TobaccoSites that offer for sale, promote, glorify, review or in any way advocate the use or creation of tobacco or tobacco related products including but not limited to cigarettes, pipes, cigars and chewing tobacco. It does not include sites that sell tobacco as a subset of other products such as grocery stores.bat.com
esmokes.com
philipmorrisusa.com
Information Related Categories
27EducationSites that offer education information, distance learning, or trade school information or programs. Includes sites that are sponsored by schools, educational facilities, faculty, or alumni groups.education-world.com
ed.gov
nyu.edu
107InformationalSites that provide content that is informational in nature and does not provide a way to directly act upon the information (for example., a site that provides lottery results, but does not sell lottery tickets). This category is always used in conjunction with another category appropriate to the subject matter (for example, gambling).lotteryusa.com
concierge.com
wizards.com
46News/MediaSites that primarily report information or comments on current events or contemporary issues of the day. Also includes news radio stations and news magazines. Does not include sites that can be rated in other categories.cnn.com
foxnews.com
msnbc.msn.com
49ReferenceSites containing personal, professional, or educational reference, including online dictionaries, maps, censuses, almanacs, library catalogues, genealogy-related sites and scientific information.dictionary.reference.com
encarta.msn.com
familysearch.org
40Search Engines/PortalsSites that support searching the Internet, indices, and directories.google.com
yahoo.com
95TranslationSites that allow translation of text (words, phrases, web pages, between various languages) or that can be used to identify a language.microsofttranslator.com
translate.google.com
babelfish.yahoo.com
translation.babylon.com
worldlingo.com
systran.co.uk
reverso.net
freetranslation.com
online-translator.com
freedict.com
Leisure Categories
30Art/CultureSites that nurture and promote cultural understanding of fine art including but not limited to sculpture, paintings and other visual art forms, literature, music, dance, ballet, and performance art and the venues or foundations that support, foster or house them such as museums, galleries, symphonies and the like. Sites that provide a learning environment or cultural awareness outside of the strictures of formalized education such as museums and planetariums are included under this heading.nga.gov
haydenplanetarium.org
sydneyoperahouse.com
nationalgallery.org.uk
poetry.com
philorch.org
sfballet.org
metmuseum.org
broadway.com
si.edu
20EntertainmentSites that provide information on or promote mass entertainment media including but not limited to film, film trailers, television, home entertainment, music, comics, entertainment-oriented periodicals, reviews, interviews, fan clubs, and celebrity gossip. tmz.com
imdb.com
marvel.com
mtv.com
rottentomatoes.com
accesshollywood.com
celebrity-gossip.net
purethenightclub.com
greenday.com
eonline.com
87For KidsSites designed specifically for children. This category is used in conjunction with other categories - it is not a stand-alone category.kids.yahoo.com
playhousedisney.com
33GamesSites that support playing or downloading video games, computer games, or electronic games. Includes sites with information, tips or advice on such games or how to obtain cheat codes. Also includes magazines dedicated to computerized games and sites that support or host online sweepstakes and giveaways.nintendo.com
gamespot.com
gamedaily.com
68Humor/JokesSites that primarily focus on comedy, jokes, fun, etc. May include sites containing jokes of adult or mature nature. Sites containing humorous Adult/Mature content also have an Adult/Mature category rating.ahajokes.com
comedycentral.com
the-jokes.com
65Sports/RecreationSites that promote or provide information about spectator sports or recreational activities. It does not include sites dedicated to hobbies such as gardening, collecting, board games, scrapbooking, quilting, etc.espn.com
nba.com
nfl.com
Liability Concern Categories
11GamblingSites where a user can place a bet or participate in a betting pool, participate in a lottery, or receive information, assistance, recommendations, or training in such activities. Does not include sites that sell gambling-related products/machines or sites for offline casinos and hotels, unless they meet one of the above requirements.tipsport.pl
downloadcasino.es
loteriaypremios.com
spil2vind.dk
casino-experts.com
aceshighcasinoparties.com
socialholdemsecrets.com
slotmachines.top-webcasinos.com
freeslotsworld.net
25Controlled Substances
Sites that promote, offer, sell, supply, encourage or otherwise advocate the illegal use, cultivation, manufacture, or distribution of drugs, pharmaceuticals, intoxicating plants or chemicals and their related paraphernalia.
sensiseed.com
cogollo.net
napnt.org
magic-mushroom.com

121MarijuanaSites that discuss, encourage, promote, offer, sell, supply or otherwise advocate the use, cultivation, manufacture or distribution of marijuana and its myriad aliases, whether for recreational or medicinal purposes. Includes sites with content regarding marijuana-related paraphernalia.

hightimes.com
rollitup.org
grasscity.com
cannabis.com
thctalk.com
cannabisculture.com
9Scam/Questionable/IllegalSites that promote scams or that provide or sell legally questionable educational materials such as term papers. Also includes sites that advocate or give advice on performing acts that are illegal or of questionable legality such as service theft, evading law enforcement, fraud, burglary techniques and plagiarism.oppapers.com
antiessays.com
gregmiller.net/locks/mitguide/
cleaneasy.com
14Violence/Hate/RacismSites that depict extreme physical harm to people, animals or property, or that advocate or provide instructions on how to cause such harm. Also includes sites that advocate, depict hostility or aggression toward, or denigrate an individual or group on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, or other involuntary characteristics. Includes content that glorifies self-mutilation or suicide.armyofgod.com
gorillafights.com
tortureroom.com
nutabuse.com
anti-bush.com
free-gaza.com
teengirlfights.net
klanparenthood.com
newnation.org
festered.com
15Weapons Sites that sell, review, or describe weapons such as guns, knives or martial arts devices, or provide information on their use, accessories, or other modifications. Does not include information on BB guns, paintball guns, black powder rifles, target shooting, or bows and arrows unless the site also meets one of the above requirements. Also does not include sites that promote collecting weapons, or groups that either support or oppose weapons use.browning.com
remington.com
Multimedia Categories
84Audio/Video ClipsSites that provide streams or downloads of audio or video clips-typically less than 15 minutes or less in length. Also includes sites that provide downloaders and players for audio and video clips. new.music.yahoo.com
music.msn.com
vodpod.com
funnyordie.com
video.nationalgeographic.com
videocure.com
muchmusic.com
soundboard.com
video-clips.co.uk
cmt.com
112Media SharingSites that allow sharing of media (e.g., photo sharing) and have a low risk of including objectionable content such as adult or pornographic material.shutterfly.com
zoomonga.com
fotki.com
www.pixagogo.com
kodakgallery.com
photos.google.com
snapfish.com
dropshots.com
smugmug.com
webshots.com
113Radio/Audio StreamsSites that provide streams or downloads of radio, music, or other audio content-typically more than 15 minutes in length.pandora.com
shoutcast.com
last.fm
napster.com
grooveshark.com
deezer.com
slacker.com
radiopaq.com
knac.com
jazz24.org
114TV/Video StreamsSites that provide streams or downloads of television, movie, Webcam, or other video content-typically more than 15 minutes in length.hulu.com
fancast.com
tvduck.com
casttv.com
demand.five.tv
tv.com
netflix.com
sling.com
thewb.com
vudu.com
Security Concern Categories
17HackingSites that distribute, promote or provide hacking tools and/or information which may help gain unauthorized access to computer systems and/or computerized communication systems. Hacking encompasses instructions on illegal or questionable tactics, such as creating viruses, distributing cracked or pirated software or other protected intellectual property.astalavista.box.sk
happyhacker.org
flyninja.net
1nj3ct.in
118Piracy/Copyright Concerns Sites that provide information or technology for cracking or pirating software or other protected intellectual property, and sites that distribute such media.
megashare.info
fullepisode.info
thepiratebay.se
isohunt.com
gamecopyworld.com
cracks4u.us
eztv.it
watchseries.lt
108Computer/Information SecuritySites that provide information or tools for securing or safeguarding computers, networks, and other data systems. While these sites provide helpful and legitimate security information to IT professionals, they also pose a degree of risk because information they provide may be used to help gain unauthorized access to systems.
metasploit.com
cve.mitre.org
nessus.org
sectools.org
trustedsec.com
itsecurity.com
98PlaceholdersSites that are under construction, parked domains, search-bait or otherwise generally having no useful value.  
102Potentially Unwanted SoftwareSites that distribute software that is not malicious but may be unwanted within an organization such as intrusive adware and hoaxes. 
57Remote Access ToolsSites that primarily focus on providing information about and/or methods that enable authorized access to and use of a desktop computer or private network remotely.gotomypc.com
101SpamSites that are part of the spam ecosystem, including sites linked in unsolicited bulk electronic messages and sites used to generate or propagate such messages. 
92SuspiciousSites considered to have suspicious content and/or intent that poses an elevated security or privacy risk. This categorization is determined by analysis of web reputation factors. If a site is determined to be clearly malicious or benign, it will be placed in a different category. 

Security Threat Categories

18PhishingSites that are designed to appear as a legitimate bank or retailer with the intent to fraudulently capture sensitive data (i.e. credit card numbers, pin numbers). 
86Proxy AvoidanceSites that provide information on how to bypass proxy server features or gain access to URLs in any way that bypasses the proxy server. This category includes any service which will allow a person to bypass the Blue Coat filtering system, such as anonymous surfing services.anonymizer.com
44Malicious Outbound Traffic / BotnetsSites to which botnets or other malware (as defined in the Malicious Sources category) send data or from which they receive command-and-control instructions. Includes sites that contain serious privacy issues, such as "phone home" sites to which software can connect and send user information. Usually does not include sites that can be categorized as Malicious Sources. 
43Malicious Sources/MalnetsSites that host or distribute malware or whose purpose for existence is as part of the malware ecosystem. Malware is defined as software that takes control of a computer, modifies computer settings, or collects or reports personal information without the permission of the end user. It also includes software that misrepresents itself by tricking users to download or install it or to enter personal information. This includes sites or software that perform drive-by downloads; browser hijackers; dialers; any program that modifies your browser homepage, bookmarks, or security settings; and keyloggers. It also includes any software that bundles malware (as defined above) as part of its offering. Information collected or reported is "personal" if it contains uniquely identifying data, such as email addresses, name, social security number, IP address, etc. A site is not classified as malware if the user is reasonably notified that the software will perform these actions (e.g., it alerts that it will send personal information, be installed, or that it will log keystrokes).screensaver.com
Social Interaction Categories
63Personal Sites
Sites that primarily offer access to personal pages and blogs. This classification includes but is not limited to content that shares a common domain such as Web space made available by an ISP or some other hosting service. Personal home pages and blogs tend to be dynamic in nature and their content may vary from innocuous to extreme.blogger.com
wordpress.org
106E-Card/Invitations
Sites that facilitate the sending of electronic greeting cards, animated cards, or similar electronic messages typically used to mark an event or occasion.123greetings.com
bluemountain.com
greetingcards.com
americangreetings.com
egreetings.com
memorygreetings.com
ecardfunny.com
e-cards.com
pencake.com
regards.com
47Personals/DatingSites that promote interpersonal relationships.eharmony.com
lovesites.com
dating.com
55Social Networking

Sites that enable people to connect with others to form an online community. Typically members describe themselves in personal Web page profiles and form interactive networks, linking them with other members based on common interests or acquaintances. Instant messaging, file sharing and Web logs (blogs) are common features of Social Networking sites. These sites may contain offensive material in the community-created content. This category may be used in conjunction with another category for more narrowly-focused social networking sites, such as professional networking sites or social networking sections of Personals/Dating sites.

Note: The Social Networking category includes classification of sites that may not yet have a service in PacketShaper. Therefore, creating a Social_Networking category class may be preferable over creating a SocialNetwork service group class.

facebook.com
instagram.com
plus.google.com

Society/Government Categories
22Alternative Spirituality/BeliefSites that promote and provide information on a wide range of non-traditional and/or non-religious spiritual, existential, experiential, and philosophical belief systems. Includes sites related to atheism, agnosticism, and mysticism; sites related to quasi-religious, philosophical or spiritual belief systems and practices that do not include formally established religious meetings, places of worship, organizational structure, or dogma; and sites that endorse or offer information about affecting or influencing real events through supernatural or magical means. Also includes sites that discuss or deal with paranormal or unexplained events. This category does not include sites centered around traditional, organized religious belief, practice, and observance (Religion).atheists.org
ufocasebook.com
paranormalnetwork.net
ancientblackmagic.com
spellsandmagic.com
churchofsatan.com
paranormalnews.com
morespells.com
nuforc.org
neworleansghosts.com
29Charitable OrganizationsSites that foster volunteerism for charitable causes. Also encompasses non-profit associations that cultivate philanthropic or relief efforts. Does not include organizations that attempt to influence legislation as a significant portion of their activities or organizations that campaign for, contribute to or affiliate with political organizations or candidates.scouting.org
4-h.org
ymca.net
lionsclubs.org
toastmasters.org
redcross.org
unicef.org
pewtrusts.org
childrensaidsociety.org
cityharvest.org
34Government/LegalSites sponsored by or which provide information on government, government agencies and government services such as taxation and emergency services. Includes sites which discuss or explain laws of various governmental entities. Also includes sites that advertise legal services, lawyers for hire, adoption services, information about adoption, immigration information, and immigration services.whitehouse.gov
federalreserve.gov
35MilitarySites that promote or provide information on military branches or armed services.www.army.mil
www.navy.mil
www.af.mil
36Political/Social AdvocacySites sponsored by or which provide information on political parties, special interest groups, or any organization that promotes change or reform in public policy, public opinion, social practice, or economic activities.texasgop.org
aclu.org
rnc.org
dnc.org
54ReligionSites that promote and provide information on traditional, organized religious belief, practice and observance and directly-related subjects such as religious catechism or dogma and places of religious worship or observance (e.g., churches, synagogues, temples, etc.). This category does not include sites about non-traditional spiritual and non-religious belief systems (Alternative Spirituality/Belief).catholic.net
gospel.com
lds.org
61Society/Daily LivingSites providing information on matters of daily life. This includes but is not limited to pet care, home improvement, fashion/beauty tips, hobbies and other tasks that comprise everyday life. It does not include sites relating to entertainment, sports, jobs, personal pages or other topics which already have a specific category.lifestyle.msn.com
hobbies.net
akc.org
Technology Categories
38Technology/InternetSites that sponsor or provide information on computers, technology, the Internet and technology-related organizations and companies.dell.com
microsoft.com
javaworld.com
97Content ServersServers that provide commercial hosting for a variety of content such as images and media files. These servers are typically used in conjunction with other web servers to optimize content retrieval speeds.akamai.com
cdnetworks.com
limelightnetworks.com
103Dynamic DNS Host Sites that utilize dynamic DNS services to map their domain names to dynamic IP addresses.dyndns.com
no-ip.com
96Non-viewable/InfrastructureServers with non-malicious, non-offensive content or resources used by applications, but not directly viewable by web browsers. Includes but is not limited to Web analytics sites (such as visitor tracking and ranking sites) and content filtering systems. Also includes third-party authentication (Google/Twitter/Facebook auth).
 
85Office/Business Applications
Sites with interactive, Web-based office/business applications. This excludes email, chat/IM or other sites that have a specific content category.
89Web HostingSites of organizations which provide top-level domain pages, as well as web communities or hosting services. Includes blog hosting sites. sites.google.com
1and1.com
109Internet Connected DevicesSites that allow management and monitoring of or network access to physical devices connected to the Internet. Such devices include but are not limited to network infrastructure such as routers and switches, network-enabled industrial equipment, security cameras, home automation equipment, and other Web-enabled devices. Also includes security camera feeds, which are dually categorized as TV/Video Streams.online.wilife.com
mydlink.com
arc.webeyecms.com
viewnetcam.com
synology.me
mycloudnas.com
customer.control4.com
webcam.oii.ox.ac.uk