Time quota

By configuring time quotas, you can limit the time that users of your network are allowed to spend for web usage.

Time quotas can be related to different parameters:

  • URL categories — When time quotas are related to URL categories, users are allowed only a limited time for accessing URLs that fall into particular categories, for example, Online Shopping.
  • IP addresses — When time quotas are related to IP addresses, users who send requests from particular IP addresses are allowed only a limited time for web usage.
  • User names — When time quotas are related to user names, users are allowed only a limited time for web usage. Users are identified by the user names they submitted for authentication on the appliance.

These parameters are used by the rules in the library rule set for time quotas. You can create rules of your own that use other parameters in relation to time quotas.

The time that users spend on web usage is stored on the appliance. When the configured time quota has been exceeded for a user, a request that this user sends is blocked. A message is displayed to the user stating why the request was blocked.

Users are identified by the user names they submitted for authentication. If no user name is sent with a request, web usage is recorded and blocked or allowed for the IP address of the client system that the request was sent from.

Web usage can be limited to time spent per day, per week, or per month.