Match Modes for Approved/Blocked URLs

TMWS supports three match modes for approved/blocked URLs.

Match Mode

Description

Web

Website match: Looks for a specific website and all its directories and files.

Guidelines:

  • There is no need to include http:// or https:// in the URL because it is automatically stripped.

  • Typing a website (URL with the domain name) includes all its directories and files.

    For example, example.com matches:

    • example.com/content/file.htm

    • app.example.com/content/file.htm

    • appexample.com/content/file.htm

    But it does not match:

    • example.com.jp/content/file.htm

  • To limit the scope to the subdomains of a domain, add a period (.) before the domain name.

    For example, .example.com matches app.example.com/content/file.htm but not appexample.com /content/file.htm.

Keyword

Keyword match: Looks for occurrence of the keyword anywhere in a URL.

For example, sex would be considered a match for http://www.example.com/sexton.htm.

TMWS automatically adds an asterisk (*) at the beginning and end of a keyword. As such, exercise caution when adding extra asterisks to the keyword as this increases the chance of false-positives.

String

Exact match: Limits the search to the input as a whole. Use strings to target a specific website, page, or file.

The main differentiation among the three types of match modes is the way TMWS transforms the input values provided by administrators, and TMWS uses three different icons to distinguish them.

General guidelines:

  • Separate multiple entries with spaces.

  • Multi-byte encoded and non-ASCII characters are accepted.

    URL Input Type

    Examples

    Web (Internationalized domain names)

    عربي.امارات

    Keyword

    κήπος

    उद्यान

    String

    網路家庭.tw/

  • Characters are case-insensitive.