How do I whitelist my site?

David Teten

David Teten

by David Teten, Partner at ff Venture Capital

Over the last year, I periodically would hear from clients and friends at some of the large investment banks that they could not view my website.  Given the amount of “adult” content on this site is zero, I was surprised and annoyed by this. The site is not a very good marketing tool if potential clients can’t see it.

After further investigation, I found out that some corporate firewalls were blocking the site, presumably because they had misclassified my site that employees were using to search for new jobs.

Getting our site whitelisted took much more time than I would have liked, and we’re not done yet.  My colleague Taimur Hassan prepared the chart below, a list of some of the major web security and corporate firewall providers, and links to check your website’s status.

Security provider Check your status
Websense http://mtas.surfcontrol.com/mtas/mtas.asp
Secure Computing Secure Web (Webwasher) https://www.trustedsource.org/en/feedback/url
Cisco IronPort Web Security Appliance http://www.senderbase.org/senderbase_queries/rep_lookup
Checkpoint We could not find a simple way to verify our status on this firewall.  Suggestions welcome.
Juniper Networks We could not find a simple way to verify our status on this firewall.  Suggestions welcome.
SafeSurf We could not find a simple way to verify our status on this firewall.  Suggestions welcome.
Symantec We could not find a simple way to verify our status on this firewall.  Suggestions welcome.

Good luck with this!

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