What is a web filter, anyway? Times have changed and we can no longer just set up a firewall and block access to certain domains. Most websites now are a mixture of content aggregated from other sites, so a web content filtering solution needs to scan more than just the domain name. Your web filter should block out all types of dangerous content and when necessary, also block productivity-draining sites like YouTube and Amazon.
As the technology progressed new methods were developed to increase security, prevent legal issues, and ultimately increase productivity. A more effective way of keeping business servers and networks clean use deep pocket inspection and analyze web content that may enter the internal network.
Although a short, five-minute leisurely browsing session is fairly harmless, the numbers can add up. According to Forbes, employees could easily waste up to two hours a day visiting websites unrelated to their jobs.
Web filters help you avoid a wasteful use of work time by denying access to common distractions like social media and online shopping services. This way, you can ensure employees use their time wisely and maintain productivity levels all year round. With the right filtering solution, you can even allocate leisurely browsing time for your staff during lunch hours and breaks to boost morale and minimize procrastination at the same time.
Security filtering is also a practical and necessary solution to protect your company from legal issues. Web filtering prevents employees from accessing risky sites that contain illegal, racist, or pornographic content. What’s more, it allows you to promote safe browsing practices which help ensure compliance with industry regulations.
Implementing web filters can be a challenging. Global Point certified engineers can design an appropriate solution for your business and take all difficulties of implementation and maintenance away from you.
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