Implement one of the methods detailed below to enforce
safe search for search providers including Google and Bing.
Many search engines have a safe search setting that
filters out adult images and videos in search query return traffic.
You can enable the firewall to block search results if the end user
is not using the strictest safe search settings, and you can also
transparently enable safe search for your users. The firewall supports
safe search enforcement for the following search providers: Google,
Yahoo, Bing, Yandex, and YouTube. Consider that safe search is a
best-effort setting and service providers do not guarantee that
it works with every website, and search providers classify sites
as safe or unsafe (not Palo Alto Networks).
To use this feature you must enable the
option in a URL filtering profile and attach
it to a security policy rule. The firewall then blocks any matching
search query return traffic that is not using the strictest safe
search settings. There are two methods to enforce safe search:
Search Results when Strict Safe Search is not Enabled—When
an end user attempts to perform a search without first enabling
the strictest safe search settings, the firewall blocks the search
query results and displays the URL Filtering Safe Search Block Page.
By default, this page will provide a URL to the search provider
settings for configuring safe search.
Enable Safe Search for Users—When an end user attempts to
perform a search without first enabling the strict safe search settings,
the firewall blocks the search results with an HTTP 503 status code
and redirects the search query to a URL that includes the safe search parameters.
You enable this functionality by importing a new URL Filtering Safe Search
to include the strict safe search parameters. In this configuration,
users will not see the block page, but will instead be automatically
redirected to a search query that enforces the strictest safe search
options. This safe search enforcement method is supported for Google,
Yahoo, and Bing searches.
As safe search settings differ by search provider, get started
by reviewing the different safe search implementations. There are
then two ways you can enforce safe search: you can block search
results when safe search is disabled, or you can transparently enable
safe search for your users: