Fastvue Reporter for FortiGate classifies Fortinet FortiGate’s Internet usage traffic as either Productive, Unproductive, Acceptable and Unacceptable. It does this using the Web Filter or Application Filter Category that was logged against the traffic by FortiGate, and matching it Fastvue Reporter’s Productivity settings.

Fortinet FortiGate Internet Usage Productivity in Fastvue Reporter

Customizing the Internet Usage Productivity Defaults

Fastvue Reporter for FortiGate comes with some sensible default Productivity settings. However, every organization is different and we recommend changing these to suit your own idea of productive Internet usage.

By default, the really nasty categories such as malware, gambling and pornography are classified as Unacceptable, whereas Social Media, for example, is classified as Unproductive.

Anything that is a bit of a grey area is classified as Acceptable and can be customized to suit your organization. We recommend you review the categories in the Acceptable list soon after installing to ensure the classifications in your reports and alerts correctly represent your expectations of online productivity.

Customising your Productivity settings is done in Settings | Productivity. Simply drag and drop Fortinet FortiGate’s Web Filter and Application Filter Categories into the correct lists, and click Save Productivity Settings when you’re done. All future reports and alerts will reflect your changes.

Fortinet FortiGate Web Filter Category Productivity Drag Drop

The Full List of Fortinet FortiGate’s Web Filter and Application Filter Categories

Here is a list of all Fortinet Fortigate’s Web and Application categories, and how Fastvue Reporter for FortiGate classifies them by default.

Fortinet FortiGate Web and Application Filter CategoriesFastvue Reporter Productivity Group
BotnetUnacceptable
DiscriminationUnacceptable
Drug AbuseUnacceptable
Explicit ViolenceUnacceptable
Extremist GroupsUnacceptable
GamblingUnacceptable
HackingUnacceptable
Illegal or UnethicalUnacceptable
Malicious WebsitesUnacceptable
MarijuanaUnacceptable
Nudity and RisqueUnacceptable
Other Adult MaterialsUnacceptable
Peer-to-peer File SharingUnacceptable
P2PUnacceptable
PhishingUnacceptable
PlagiarismUnacceptable
PornographyUnacceptable
Proxy AvoidanceUnacceptable
ProxyUnacceptable
Spam URLsUnacceptable
AlcoholUnproductive
Alternative BeliefsUnproductive
Arts and CultureUnproductive
DatingUnproductive
Digital PostcardsUnproductive
EntertainmentUnproductive
FolkloreUnproductive
GameUnproductive
GamesUnproductive
Internet Radio and TVUnproductive
Job SearchUnproductive
Lingerie and SwimsuitUnproductive
Newsgroups and Message BoardsUnproductive
ShoppingUnproductive
SportsUnproductive
Sports Hunting and War GamesUnproductive
Social.MediaUnproductive
Social NetworkingUnproductive
Society and LifestylesUnproductive
Streaming Media and DownloadUnproductive
TobaccoUnproductive
Video/AudioUnproductive
AbortionAcceptable
Advocacy OrganizationsAcceptable
AdvertisingAcceptable
Armed ForcesAcceptable
AuctionAcceptable
Charitable OrganizationsAcceptable
Child EducationAcceptable
Cloud.ITAcceptable
CollaborationAcceptable
Content ServersAcceptable
Domain ParkingAcceptable
Dynamic ContentAcceptable
Dynamic DNSAcceptable
EmailAcceptable
File.SharingAcceptable
File Sharing and StorageAcceptable
Freeware and Software DownloadsAcceptable
General.InterestAcceptable
General OrganizationsAcceptable
Global ReligionAcceptable
IMAcceptable
IndustrialAcceptable
Instant MessagingAcceptable
Internet TelephonyAcceptable
Meaningless ContentAcceptable
MobileAcceptable
Network.ServiceAcceptable
Newly Observed DomainAcceptable
Newly Registered DomainAcceptable
News and MediaAcceptable
Personal PrivacyAcceptable
Personal VehiclesAcceptable
Personal Websites and BlogsAcceptable
Political OrganizationsAcceptable
Real EstateAcceptable
Remote.AccessAcceptable
Remote AccessAcceptable
Restaurant and DiningAcceptable
Search Engines and PortalsAcceptable
Secure WebsitesAcceptable
Sex EducationAcceptable
SpecialAcceptable
Storage.BackupAcceptable
TravelAcceptable
UpdateAcceptable
VOIPAcceptable
Web-based ApplicationsAcceptable
Web-based EmailAcceptable
Web.ClientAcceptable
Web.OthersAcceptable
Web AnalyticsAcceptable
Web ChatAcceptable
Web HostingAcceptable
Brokerage and TradingProductive
BusinessProductive
EducationProductive
Finance and BankingProductive
Government and Legal OrganizationsProductive
Health and WellnessProductive
Information and Computer SecurityProductive
Information TechnologyProductive
MedicineProductive
Online MeetingProductive
ReferenceProductive
custom1Unassigned
custom2Unassigned
UnratedUnassigned
UnknownUnassigned

Fortinet also publishes this list of Web Filter categories, including handy links to websites that you can test within each category.

Reporting on Internet Usage Productivity

It is important to note that the Internet usage Productivity assignments in Fastvue Reporter for FortiGate have nothing to do with whether or not your FortiGate’s policies are blocking or allowing the traffic. This enables you to see the FortiGate categories that you’ve deemed to be Unproductive or Unacceptable that are being allowed through your policies.

On the flip side, it also lets you see the categories you’ve deemed to be Productive or Acceptable that are being blocked, potentially getting in the way of people doing their jobs.

Allowed Unproductive Fortinet FortiGate Internet Usage Categories

Although Fortinet FortiAnalyzer can report on the categories visited, it does not provide the ability to group categories by Productivity, making it difficult to quickly dive into these potential problem areas.

Fastvue Reporter for FortiGate has been designed from the ground up to make it as simple as possible to identify issues with Internet browsing behaviour. Try it free today!