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Tuesday, Dec 06, 2011

.XXX was approved as a "top-level domain" address last year by ICANN, and was set up to make it easier to identify adult sites. However, it has also had some unintended consequences.

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For example, if you own Acme Explosives and have operated acmeexplosives.com for years, you might want to register acmeexplosives.xxx too (just to make sure no one else registers it for a porn site, possibly besmirching your reputation with the demolition crowd). You could leave it as a null site, or you could redirect your new .XXX site to your standard .com site.

Therein lies the rub: Websense will automatically categorize all .XXX sites as “Sex”. But if you are Acme, you might prefer to have people redirected to your commercial site, rather than having them run into a block page. Have no fear. If you have registered a .XXX page that redirects to a non-adult site and would prefer to have it categorized to something that reflects the true content, just send your request to suggest@websense.com or use the online submission tool.

Websense customers are already protected from inappropriate access

A database download has been pushed out to all Websense customers, timed to take effect before the .XXX top-level domain went live. Any product, from filtering to our TRITON Enterprise, will have this domain categorized in their database as "Sex." We may have some folks out there using old, unsupported versions of Websense that may be in for a surprise, but it shouldn't affect any current customers.

 

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