4 Reasons to Block Unwanted Content

Web-based threats are are becoming more and more of a concern to businesses, large and small. Finding ways to eliminate those threats is a constant battle. That's where the benefits of web filtering should get the attention it deserves.

Web filtering screens web pages to determine if they should not be displayed to the user. It checks the content of web pages against a set of company-set rules. By blocking or filtering such websites, the chance of a virus attack is reduced. Used in conjunction with dedicated anti-malware and antivirus programs, web filtering helps system administrators decide which content is acceptable for employees to view and access. Web filters are used by businesses to block access to non-work related websites, including social networking websites, gaming websites, auction websites etc.

A web filtering service helps businesses enforce policies and monitors employee internet activity, based on guidelines set by management, often called an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Employees should be trained on the company’s expectations of safe internet use, as well as understand that risk reduction is the ultimate goal. However, there are additional reasons a company should implement web filtering. They are:

  • Increased Productivity - with web filtering, tempting websites are blocked from access, allowing employees to be more focused on their job duties

  • Increased Network Protection - blocked access to malicious sites reduces the chance of a virus attack

  • Reduced Risk of Liability - web filtering helps an organization be compliant with current laws

  • Reduced Bandwidth Usage - web filtering allows system administrators to control bandwidth by blocking streaming video, music and file sharing services, thereby reducing costs

Business should strongly consider creating an AUP and employ web filtering services to protect them from malicious web threats. It gives them control over how users view and access the Internet, while increasing their network’s overall performance and reliability.

Having a solid plan in place to protect against internet risks is important and having a web filtering service is a great step toward that goal. At ProActive Information Management, web filtering services are available through our System Management Services (SMS) offering. Contact us to learn more.

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