How to Unblock Blocked Sites by Websense

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How to Unblock Blocked Sites by Websense
Websense software is commonly used to filter web content for businesses. (Internet security image by Christopher Hall from

Websense is an Internet security gateway that monitors and blocks network access to unauthorised websites. The software is commonly used in workplaces and educational institutions to prevent inappropriate content from displaying on certain computers. By using the Websense Manager interface, a network administrator can add and remove URLs from the content filtering list, effectively blocking and unblocking websites.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open the Websense Manager program by double-clicking the Websense icon on the desktop. Type in the username and password and press the "Enter" key to log in.

  2. 2

    Click on "Custom URLs (Permitted)" in the left pane of the program window.

  3. 3

    Click on the "User Defined" option in the central pane of the program window, then click the "Add URLs" button at the bottom of the program window.

  4. 4

    Type in the name of the website you are adding. Expand the "User Defined" category, then click on the "CustomURL" subcategory to select it.

  5. 5

    Click in the text field to the right of the URL name and type in the IP (Internet protocol) address for the website for which you wish to permit access.

  6. 6

    Click the "File" menu and select the "Save All" option from the menu.

  7. 7

    Test access to the website by opening a web browser on the computer and typing the URL into the address bar. The website should load without any blocked content. The Websense software has been configured to permit access to the website.

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