About File Type Control

By default, the service allows the upload and download of all file types. Use the File Type Control policy to restrict the upload and download of various types of files. For example, you can block audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) and video files (.avi, .mp4, .mpeg, etc.) so they do not interfere with your bandwidth utilization. You can define rules to restrict the transmission of various files and apply them to individuals, groups, departments and locations (see also the recommended policy for File Type Control).

You can also create rules for unknown file types. Zscaler performs MIME type checks for files it cannot initially identify, and any file that falls outside of well-defined MIME types for common apps is tagged as an unknown file type. To recognize the file types inside archive files, the Zscaler service also scans ZIP, 7-Zip, GZIP, TAR, and RAR files.

You can allow, caution or block uploading, downloading or both. When you choose the Caution action, the service displays a warning before it allows the user to perform the action. When the service blocks users, it displays a notification. The content of the block notification is configured in the End User Notification page.

Note that File Type Control is associated with URL filtering and is not available for cloud apps. For example, to block file attachments in Gmail, select the Webmail URL category.

To see how this policy fits into the overall order of policy enforcement, see How does the Zscaler service enforce policies?

  1. View the recommended policy for File Type Control.
  2. Configure the File Type Control policy. See How do I configure the File Type Control policy?
  3. Search for a configured File Type Control rule.
  4. View a list of all configured File Type Control rules.
  5. Edit a configured File Type Control rule. See How do I edit, delete, or duplicate items in the admin portal?
  6. Duplicate a configured File Type Control rule. See How do I edit, delete, or duplicate items in the admin portal?
  7. Modify the table and its columns. See How do I use tables in the admin portal?

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