Web Filtering at the Workplace
There are things to take into consideration while deciding if you want to incorporate web filters into your place of business or not. Installing web filters helps make sure that your employees are using the Internet strictly for business purposes and focusing on their jobs.
The Internet can be dangerous for malware infections, by putting restrictions into place; this will help bring the risk to a minimum. Filters also decrease the number of employees clogging the Internet and slowing down the connection.
Some businesses do need their employees to do Internet research, in this case you have the option for a block and allow list. You also have the option to filter and check systems in which you can collect proper information to set filters accordingly. There are software filters to watch and control use to auto block inappropriate sites such as pornography and gambling. Some places of work have strict regulations which need employees to log all email and IM usage and block some areas completely.
Restricting Internet access will not completely prevent your employees from wasting time; their smartphones are also used as a source of entertainment during work hours, examples being Facebook and Youtube. Before choosing which system you want to use you will first need to evaluate your Internet policy and take into consideration the culture of the user’s needs. After you have installed the filter you can measure Internet usage to see how the Internet is being used and adjust your filters accordingly. Solely by monitoring usage without blocking you may see an increase in productivity.
To learn more about installing Internet filters in your place of business, give us a call at (713) 490-5000 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. CITOC will help you with any questions or concerns you have in regards to Internet filters and can get you set up!