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Dell SonicWall - Block Spotify

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I have a Dell SonicWall firewall, and I need to block Spotify.  I've tried blocking it using the Content Filter Custom List which is how I'm successfully blocking Pandora. It's not working for spotify. Any suggestions?
 
Attempting to block:

*spotify.com
https://www.spotify.com/us/

Below are the Dell specs:
Dell SonicWall NSA 3600
SonicOS Enhanced 6.1.1.1-9n
SonicROM 5.4.0.13
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Just please post the screenshot of your settings blocking Pandora and Spotify.
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Hi Kris5454,

The entry should read spotify.com not *.spotify.com as by default CFS wildcards sub-domains for all entries. However, you need to enable HTTPS filtering in CFS Policy (Security Services > Content Filter > Configure... > under CFS tab, check Enable HTTPS Content Filtering) because as stated hereinabove wildcards are explicitly for sub-domains, e.g. xyz.spotify.com or 123.xyz.abc.spotify.com, not for protocols (or wildcarding them for that matter), e.g. ftp://spotify.com or httpS://sprotify.com.

What is your CFS Policy Assignment set to Via User and Zone Screens or Via App Rules (Security Services > Content Filter)?

For a more dynamic block you can enable App Control Advanced (Firewall > App Control Advanced) under MULTIMEDIA set action to Block and Log Spotify.

Let me know if you have any other questions!
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Excellent detailed response making it so easy for a non-technical person to follow along. Thank you!
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I'm glad I could help...thanks for the points!
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