Enable SafeSearch

SafeSearch is a search engine filter that blocks search results for explicit content such as pornography, violence, gore, and other offensive adult content. When enabled, if an end user enters a potentially inappropriate or suggestive phrase into a search engine, the search engine only returns safe "family-friendly" results.

SafeSearch applies to Google, YouTube, Yahoo, and Bing. SafeSearch can not be disabled on an enduser device for any applicable search engine or site.

Enable SafeSearch

When you enable SafeSearch in a web profile, you must also enable decryption in the same web profile. For more information, see Manage Traffic Decryption.

To enable SafeSearch and decryption, see Add a Web Profile.

Confirm That SafeSearch is Working

The most reliable way to confirm that SafeSearch is enabled is to visit a search engine or site where SafeSearch settings are enforced. You can also perform a search using a term that might be deemed inappropriate and review search results. Only "family friendly" results should be returned.

Tests must be done through a source that is included in an access rule that is configured to use a web profile in which SafeSearch is enabled.


After attempting a search in Google, a SafeSearch on indicator should be displayed.

In the browser, under Settings, if you select Turn off SafeSearch, it has no effect and explicit sites are not listed in searches.


Results when searching YouTube displays that “Restricted Mode” is "On". Expanding this result indicates that "Restricted Mode is enabled by your network administrator".



From the Yahoo search page, click Settings and then Preferences.

SafeSearch should be set to Strict - no adult content. You cannot change the setting.



From the menu icon, Bing displays that SafeSearch is set to “Strict”.

Clicking SafeSearch takes you to a page describing SafeSearch, but there is no disable option.


Add a Web Profile < Enable SafeSearch > Manage Threat Categories