About the safeguarding full report

Note: To make full use of this feature, you need a Smoothwall Filter license for the Guardian module.

The Safeguarding feature is designed to detect intentional user activity likely to indicate a cause for concern. To do this, Safeguarding has a number of "rulesets" which define how web content is classified.

Safeguarding looks for results that match and do not match categories and then removes those entries that don't really reflect user intent. Each category is assigned a threat level of either Danger, Warning, or Advisory, depending on the ruleset in question. This allows rulesets such as Bullying to give less weight to content categorized as Intolerance than the Radicalization ruleset, while still maintaining an interest.

The Safeguarding feature can help you with your organization's internet safety legislative responsibilities regarding Internet use. The Safeguarding Full report for various time periods shows if users have breached any Safeguarding rulesets. You can view the breach for each user and an hour of browsing history either side of the breach to see the context of the breach.


Safeguarding rulesets are predefined lists of criteria denoting browsing behavior. These include several categories, both included and excluded, and a breach level. The rule sets encompass existing categories, for example, radicalization includes the terrorism and intolerance categories. The Full report opens with breaches from the Radicalization ruleset, from yesterday by default.

Excluding domains, URLs, and search terms from the safeguarding report

If a reoccurring domain, URL or search term appears on your report that don't want on the safeguarding report, you can exclude these from the report in future. For example, users in a group might do a project about Ancient Egyptian mythology and use the search term "Isis" that is being frequently reported as a breach. You can't add domains, URLs, or search terms to the exclusions list. These can only be added when they have been reported as a Safeguarding breach in the Full report. You can only exclude what has made the breach. You can remove the exclusion on the Exclusions page.

Web Furniture

Web furniture is the term given to all requests made to a web server to return content for a single website. This includes, but isn't limited to, style sheets (CSS), JavaScript files, plug-ins. All web furniture is hidden by default to make for a focused Full traffic report. However, you can expand this view to show all received web furniture requests alongside the breach entry.