URL Filtering Test Pages
Many of you are wondering, “How do I test to see if our URL Filtering service is enforcing my organization’s policies for malicious and benign URLs properly?” For benign categories, this is relatively straightforward, you simply visit the website and see if the designed policy is being logged and enforced.
This works fine for harmless categories, such as web-mail, sports, shopping, etc. It does get a bit tricky for gray area categories, such as adult as you generally don’t want to visit an adult site at work. You obviously don’t want to actually visit a malicious URL either.
We have test URLs for all categories for you to visit. These testing URLs are 100% benign, and have been categorized to their respective categories for testing purposes.
For example, you can visit a test URL for command-and-control. If you visit: http://urlfiltering.paloaltonetworks.com/test-command-and-control and if your policy is configured to block-continue access to command-and-control categorized URLs, you will see a blocked-continue page.
For a non-malicious category such as social-networking, you can visit: https://urlfiltering.paloaltonetworks.com/test-social-networking and if your policy is to allow access to this category, you will see the following result.
Keep in mind, this information will be logged as well, so you can query your logs.
Here is a list of test pages for malicious categories:
Here is a list of test pages non-malicious categories: