4 Reasons To Use Content Filtering to Restrict Access to Non-Work-Related Sites
The internet is a portal to anywhere. Employees can use the browsers on their work computer for good reasons, such as doing research for a work project or looking up customer or lead information.
They can also use it for activities that you would not consider work-appropriate, such as visiting an offensive website or watching funny animal videos on YouTube.
69% of surveyed employees admit to shopping online while at work, and if you look at just the millennial age group, that percentage jumps to 81%.
When employees use the internet at work for personal use it can cut into productivity, but also leave your network security open to risks. Landing on a sketchy website can cause an injection of malware into the work device being used, and this could quickly spread to your entire network.
Threats like ransomware, adware, spyware, viruses, and more can easily be unleashed by an unsuspecting employee that’s visiting websites they should not be while at work.
How do you control the websites employees visit when you can’t exactly be standing behind each one all the time? Through web filtering.
Benefits of Web Filtering
Web filtering allows you to set up specific sites that your network will not allow. If a user tries to visit a site that is in a blocked category, they would be met with a message letting them know that the site was blocked.
Using web filtering has multiple advantages for your organization.
1. IMPROVES EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY
If employees are doing their holiday shopping when they should be working, that eats into company productivity. While you can tell employees visiting non-work-related websites is frowned upon, in many cases, they’re going to do it anyway.
Web filtering gives you a way to ensure non-work-appropriate sites are blocked, which improves company efficiency.
2. IMPROVES NETWORK SECURITY
Being able to block potential phishing sites and sites known to be heavily populated with adware (like pornographic sites) improves your overall network security.
3. MAKES ADMINISTRATION OVERSIGHT EASIER
You don’t have to look through tons of internet usage reports to try to see how many employees are wasting time on the internet. Instead, you can simply filter out the sites you see as a problem, blocking anyone on your network from visiting them. This takes much less administrative time and is a more automated solution.
4. OPTIMIZES THE ALLOCATION OF NETWORK RESOURCES
When someone decides that no one is looking and they can stream a show from their computer, that streaming is taking up your company’s bandwidth. Company resources get used when employees use the internet at work for personal use, which could actually cause cloud-based work applications to lag and freeze up.
Web filtering ensures that this doesn’t happen.
What Categories Should We Filter For?
Web filtering is completely customizable according to your company’s needs.
Here are some of the categories that we filter for to give you a few ideas.
Animals and Pets
Business and Industry
Chat and Instant Messaging
Cheating and Plagiarism
Child Abuse Content
Cloud and Data Centers
Computers and Internet
Conventions, Conferences, and Trade Shows
Dining and Drinking
DoH and DoT
Dynamic and Residential
File Transfer Services
Freeware and Shareware
Government and Law
Health and Medicine
Infrastructure and Content Delivery Networks
Internet of Things
Lingerie and Swimsuits
Nature and Conservation
Online Document Sharing and Collaboration
Online Storage and Backup
Peer File Transfer
Photo Search and Images
Private IP Addresses as Host
Recipes and Food
Regional Restricted Sites (Germany)
Regional Restricted Sites (Great Britain)
Regional Restricted Sites (Italy)
Regional Restricted Sites (Poland)
SaaS and B2B
Safe for Kids
Science and Technology
Search Engines and Portals
Society and Culture
Sports and Recreation
Terrorism and Violent Extremism
Web Cache and Archives
Web Page Translation
German Youth Protection
Health and Fitness
Internet Watch Foundation
Visual Search Engines
Get Help Setting Up Web Filtering on Your Network
We can help your business put an affordable web filtering solution in place and get you set up with the best filtering categories for your needs.