Analyzing Application Usage

An application is a program or group of programs that allows end users to perform specific tasks or activities on devices such as computers and smartphones. Aruba Instant On provides daily usage data for the different types of applications and websites accessed by clients in the network.

The Aruba Instant On solution classifies the traffic into a large number of categories, to reduce the complexity of the feature in the Aruba Instant On solution. These large number of categories are grouped into one main category based on their classification.

Below are the different application categories and the respective web content classification:

Table 1: Application Categories and their Classification

Application Category


Instant On Classification

Wired—This category is essential for basic network and Internet connectivity. It is always allowed for all networks and cannot be blocked.

  • Wired networks

Productivity—Sites and tools that help you stay productive and take control of your tasks like enterprise applications, antivirus, project management tools, collaborative software, reference and research, search engine, translation and web conferencing software.

  • Application Software

Utilities—Sites about tools and services that ease internet usage and navigation, such as search engines, cloud storage, and file transfer.

  • Computer and Internet Security
  • Computer and Internet Information
  • Translation
  • Reference and Research
  • Personal Storage
  • Search Engines
  • Pay-to-Surf
  • Internet Portals
  • Internet Communications
  • Web-based email
  • Shareware and Freeware
  • Dynamically Generated Content
  • Training and Tools
  • Web Hosting

Lifestyle—Sites that cover beauty and fashion trends, dining, entertainment and arts, maps and navigation, religion, society and travel.

  • Entertainment
  • Leisure
  • Travel
  • Location
  • Fashion

Web—Sites and tools containing computer and internet information and security, internet software, proxies and tunnels, routing protocols, web advertisements, etc.

  • Website Content
  • Internet Software
  • Online Advertisement

Streaming—Sites usually based on heavy video streaming or intensive network usage where a high throughput is needed, such as video, music, or movie streaming.

  • Streaming Media
  • Web Advertisements
  • Content Delivery Networks
  • Image and Video Search

Instant messaging and email—Websites and applications where users can send and receive messages and emails.

  • Email
  • Short Message Service
  • Messenger

Business and economy—Sites about finance and economy news and information and professional services useful in a working environment, such as financial services and transactions, real estate, legal, stock market, stock advice and tools, etc.

  • Financial Services
  • Business and Economy
  • Job Search
  • Philosophy and Political Advocacy
  • Educational Institutions
  • Health and Medicine
  • Legal
  • Real Estate

News and media—Sites containing local and world news, breaking news, online newspapers, crowdsourced news, general information, and weather.

  • World News
  • Weather Report
  • Online News

Uncategorized—Do not consider these web categories. These include websites that cannot be grouped under any of the categories described in this list

  • Dead Sites
  • Parked Domains

NOTE: The data in these categories is negligible, they will be ignored in the data transferred calculation and nothing will be displayed about them in Aruba Instant On.

Social network—Social applications include websites for social networking and media.

  • Social Networking
  • Dating
  • Personal sites and Blogs
  • News and Media

Adult content—Adult content applications include websites with graphic adult content or illegal subjects.

  • Abused Drugs
  • Marijuana
  • Adult and Pornography
  • Nudity
  • Violence
  • Abortion
  • Hate and Racism
  • Gross
  • Illegal

Education—Sites about education information like schools, college, universities, and online training tools like, LinkedIn learning, etc.

  • University
  • Education
  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Online Learning

Explicit content—Restricted content applications include websites with sensitive information or graphic content.

  • Cult and Occult
  • Sex Education
  • Gambling
  • Weapons
  • Swimsuits & Intimate Apparel
  • Alcohol and Tobacco
  • Cheating
  • Questionable

Gaming—Sites containing information about gaming, mostly referred as video games. Video games that are played partially or exclusively through the internet.

  • Online Gaming

Government and politics—Military and government applications include websites on military and government information and services.

  • Military
  • Government

Kids and family—Sites aimed for kids and families with learning, educational and interactive content.

  • Educations
  • Kids
  • Learning

Malicious and risk—High security risk applications include websites that contain known malicious Internet tools that can harm devices and damage the internal network.

  • Hacking
  • Keyloggers and Monitoring
  • Malware Sites
  • Phishing and Other Frauds
  • Proxy Avoidance and Anonymizers
  • Spyware and Adware
  • Bot Nets
  • Spam URLs

Shopping—Shopping applications include websites for online shopping.

  • Auctions
  • Shopping

Sports and recreation—Recreational applications include websites on personal activities and interests.

  • Travel
  • Home and Garden
  • Entertainment and Arts
  • Local Information
  • Hunting and Fishing
  • Society
  • Sports
  • Music
  • Fashion and Beauty
  • Recreation and Hobbies
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Kids
  • Online Greeting cards
  • Religion