Classifying Domains

Whitelisted, Greylisted, Blacklisted web domains – what does it all mean?

Each site on the surface web has an associated name called a “web domain (name)”. Some of these names are obvious (e.g. amazon.com).  Others obfuscate their names to hide the real purpose (e.g. statussite.com).  In general, you want to keep the cookies from the domains you know (“whitelisted” or “greylisted” first party cookies) and deny the ones you do not know (“blacklisted” 3rd party cookies).  The WEBNoTrack application helps you achieve this, mostly automatically, with only a little assistance from you.

Whitelisted Domain:

    • The contents of the cookies belonging to this domain are NOT inspected or changed
    • This domain’s cookies are NOT deleted at the end of the browsing session
    • Whitelist websites (domains) that you use frequently such as banking and social media where you want logon information and preferences to be saved
    • Whitelist the minimum number of websites possible.

Caution: Whitelisted websites will track you during and between web sessions.

Greylisted Domain:

    • The contents of the cookies belonging to this domain are NOT inspected or changed
    • This domain’s cookies ARE deleted at the end of the browsing session
    • New domains found by WEBNoTrack are initially designated as greylisted until reassigned by the user
    • Greylist websites (domain) that you use only occasionally
    • Geylisted websites will track you during the active web session, but all tracking information will be destroyed once you exit the browser.

Blacklisted Domain:

    • The contents of the cookies belonging to this domain ARE changed or deleted in real-time to defeat any tracking
    • This domain’s cookies ARE deleted at the end of the browsing session.

WEBNoTrack provides a simple-to-use application to manage Domain classification.