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Recommended DNS policies

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This page provides a set of standard DNS policies designed to protect an organization from common threats. Feel free to tailor these examples to the needs of your organization.

​​ Allow corporate domains

This policy allows users to access official corporate domains. By deploying the policy with high order of precedence, you ensure that employees can access trusted domains even if they fall under a blocked category like Newly seen domains or Login pages.

Selector Operator Value Action Precedence
Domain in list Allowed domains Allow 1

​​ Block security threats

Block security categories such as Command & Control, Botnet and Malware based on Cloudflare’s threat intelligence.

Selector Operator Value Action
Security categories in All security risks Block

​​ Block content categories

The categories included in this policy are not always a security threat, but blocking them can help minimize the risk that your organization is exposed to. For more information, refer to domain categories.

Selector Operator Value Action
Content Categories in Questionable Content, Security Risks, Miscellaneous Block

​​ Block unauthorized applications

To minimize the risk of shadow IT, some organizations choose to limit their users’ access to certain web-based tools and applications. For example, the following policy blocks AI assistants:

Selector Operator Value Action
Application in ChatGPT, Bard Block

​​ Block banned countries

You can implement policies to block websites hosted in countries categorized as high risk. The designation of such countries may result from your organization’s customers or through the implementation of regulations including EAR, OFAC, and ITAR.

Selector Operator Value Action
Resolved Country IP Geolocation in Afghanistan, Belarus, Congo (Kinshasa), Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Korea, North, Myanmar, Russian Federation, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Zimbabwe Block

​​ Block top-level domains

Blocking frequently misused top-level domains (TLDs) can reduce security risks, especially when there is no discernible advantage to be gained from allowing access. Similarly, restricting access to specific country-level TLDs may be necessary to comply with regulations like ITAR or OFAC.

Selector Operator Value Logic Action
Domain matches regex [.](cn|ru)$ Or Block
Domain matches regex [.](rest|hair|top|live|cfd|boats|beauty|mom|skin|okinawa)$ Or
Domain matches regex [.](zip|mobi)$

​​ Block phishing attacks

To protect against sophisticated phishing attacks, you could prevent users from accessing phishing domains that are specifically targeting your organization. The following policy blocks specific keywords associated with an organization or its authentication services (such as okta, 2fa, cloudflare or sso), while still allowing access to official corporate domains.

Selector Operator Value Logic Action
Domain not in list Corporate Domains And Block
Domain matches regex .*okta.*|.*cloudflare.*|.*mfa.*|.sso.*

​​ Block online tracking

To safeguard user privacy, some organizations will block tracking domains such as as well as other tracking domains embedded at the OS level. This policy is implemented by creating a custom blocklist. Refer to this repository for a list of widespread tracking domains that you can add to your blocklist.

Selector Operator Value Action
Domain in list Top tracking domains Block

​​ Block malicious IPs

Block specific IP addresses that are known to be malicious or pose a threat to your organization. This policy is usually implemented by creating custom blocklists or by using blocklists provided by threat intelligence partners or regional Computer Emergency and Response Teams (CERTs).

Selector Operator Value Action
Resolved IP in list DShield Block

​​ CIPA Filter

The CIPA Filter is a collection of subcategories that encompass a wide range of topics that could be harmful or inappropriate for minors. It is used as a part of Project Cybersafe Schools to block access to unwanted or harmful online content.

Selector Operator Value Action
Content Categories in CIPA Filter Block

​​ Hide explicit search results

SafeSearch is a feature of search engines that helps you filter explicit or offensive content. You can enable SafeSearch on search engines like Google, Bing, Yandex, YouTube, and DuckDuckGo:

Selector Operator Value Action
Content Categories in Search Engines Safe Search