Block Search Results When Strict Safe Search Is Off

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Block Search Results When Strict Safe Search Is Off

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Block Search Results When Strict Safe Search Is Off

Enforce safe search by blocking search results for end users on supported search engines until they set the safe search settings to the strictest level.
Where can I use this?
What do I need?
  • Prisma Access
  • PAN-OS
  • Advanced URL Filtering license (or a legacy URL filtering license)
  • Legacy URL filtering licenses are discontinued, but active legacy licenses are still supported.
  • Prisma Access licenses usually include Advanced URL Filtering capabilities.
If you enable Safe Search Enforcement, the default behavior of the firewall is to block search results for end users searching on Bing, Yahoo, Yandex, or Youtube search engines until they set their safe search setting to the strictest available option. By default, the URL filtering safe search block page displays in their browser. The predefined block page provides a link to the search settings for the search engine used, so that users can adjust the safe search setting. You can customize the safe search block page to meet your organization’s specific needs.
If you plan to use this method to enforce safe search, communicate this policy to your end users before implementing it. If you prefer to automatically redirect end users’ search query URLs to strict safe search versions, then enable strict safe search transparently.
Palo Alto Networks can no longer detect if Google SafeSearch is on due to changes in Google’s implementation. As a result, the firewall cannot enforce safe search using this method. You may still enforce safe search transparently. However, we cannot guarantee that Google will filter out explicit images and content.

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