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Posted on: 07 Mar 2013 

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Taking Steps to Control Employee Internet Activity


Surfing the web in work time is costly

As an employer in the 21st century, there is a pretty good chance that your business relies on the internet, and employees with access to computers require the use of various web-based programs in order to carry out daily operations. The internet is a great resource and offers many benefits; however, it also comes with many distractions. There are many ways to go about wasting time on the net; social media, gaming, and shopping being those that immediately come to mind.

Of course, these distractions do not do you any favours as a business owner; employees spending time on Twitter, Facebook and Amazon means they probably aren’t working, which means a lack of productivity and valuable bandwidth. In such circumstances, it is well worth taking steps to control employee internet activity; but you are going to need to go about it in the right way.

Monitoring internet usage

There is a fine line to tread when monitoring internet usage in the office. You do not want to be too restrictive and turn the workplace in to the Big Brother house – this may alienate the workforce. However, being too lenient will leave your computers open to abuse.

Employees visiting non-work based websites can leave your network open to malicious content, viruses, and malware, which are powerful enough to kill a laptop, so putting some form of control procedure in place will be essential.

The measure of control you extend over your employees will depend on your business. The chances are you will need different levels of control for different departments. For instance, the PR and marketing departments may require access to social media, whereas the billing department will have no need to use such websites.

So what is the solution? Well, the answer lies in Cloud Web Security.

Cloud web security

Cloud Web Security

ITWiser’s unique Cloud Web Security allows you to effectively configure policies for your staff and keep a watch over their internet activity. By using an advanced antivirus, antiphishing, adware and an anti-spyware engine to scan websites before allowing access to the end user, employees will only be able to visit the sites they need for work. Machines can also be protected on or outside of the network with all requests filtered through ITWiser’s cloud-based data centres.

By using Cloud Web Security for your business, you can decide what individual departments can and cannot do when it comes to internet usage, keeping computers safe from infection and employees focussed on the task at hand.

To find out more about how Cloud Web Security can benefit your business, give ITWiser a call today on 01274 868924

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