Porn, the ‘Net and Your Business – Find Out What You Don’t Know


According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 78% of companies surveyed, struggle with employees abusing the Internet by using it to view pornography or download pirated software. I assume abuse would also include gambling, shopping and other things done for personal use on employee time. Any decent business owner would not mind mild use of the internet for checking personal email and browsing the web on lunch time and etc. ABUSING the company’s resources is another issue.
While many homes may not have high-speed Internet access most businesses do – hence the online experience is better at work. Furthermore one’s spouse, children and others are not with you at work.
Some of you might find yourself with a few employees who apparently are always on the computer but still getting so little done. Maybe online abuse is one reason. Consider the unproductive hours spent by employees who are not getting work done, but “surfing the Internet”. Consider the viruses and other malicious code that is often the cause of visiting pornographic, gambling and pirated software web sites.
Less efficient employees is only one reason for protecting your Internet access. Many companies have settled out of court, or were taken to court for having pornographic images on their computer screens, which other employees have seen and alleged resulted in sexual harassment.
Lastly, while there are many “legitimate” porn, gambling and other internet sites online, many of these sites are simply setup to leer unsuspecting users and are hacker web sites for downloading malicious code onto victim’s computers.
Utah based Content Watch has an ideal solution. Its roots are in the home/personal “secure content management” space – offering solutions to help mom and dad keep their children from engaging in online activities they do not permit. However, Content Watch sees the growing opportunity for their product to also help protect SMB environments.
With the launch of Content Protect 2.0, Content Watch offers faster online content checking for “un-allowed” web sites and remote management. Remote management includes monitoring of web activity and granting/denying permission for web sites browsing.
There are many products on the market that address the security content management (SCM) market, such as SurfControl and WebSense. But Content Watch CEO and President Jack Sunderlage explained that these products are designed for high-end markets in their price and usability. I get the feeling he’s right. Go to the web sites of SurfContorl and WebSense and YOU CAN’T FIND A PRICE. All you can do is DOWNLOAD a free trial! Content Watch’s prices are clear and easy to read and find.
Content Protect is not server based, but each copy is installed on the computer to be protected, there’s no worry that mobile users will be unprotected or that if the server is down users can somehow bypass your online protective measures.
I was impressed with the breadth of reporting features that Content Product displays.
You can get a suite of solutions or buy a-la-cart from Content Watch, whose products include:
Content Protect – determine what internet content does or does not enter your business
Email Protect – block email you don’t want (scams, porn, , etc) by keyword or pre-set categories
Virus Protect – virus protection
PopUp Protect – popup protection (you can get popup protection for free by downloading Yahoo, Google or MSN’s toolbars)
Content Cleanup – surfing online, at, times can be like swimming through a sewer.
Content Cleanup, is a good shower after going through the sewer
Content Audit – Content Audit, free at ContentWatch.com will scan your computer for objectional files, picked up while your computer was online. Cookies, documents, internet files and etc – Content audit will list them for you.
Content Protect costs $50 per year, and requires a minimum purchase of 3 licenses. Like many software vendors, you can try Content Protect for free – 14 days. Run the reports and see what you are really paying employees to do. If you don’t like what you see, talk with your staff and if you value them and they value you – you’ll have much more productive employees.

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Ramon Ray, Editor & Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com . Editor and Founder, Smart Hustle Magazine Full bio at http://www.ramonray.com . Check him out on Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook