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Heart of Texas Network Consultants has been serving the Central Texas area since 1992, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Is Online Pornography a Problem for Your Business?

b2ap3_thumbnail_content_filtering_400.jpgThe topic of online pornography can be rather uncomfortable to discuss, but it’s an issue that business owners need to be aware of; especially considering that 70 percent of all online porn access happens during business hours! Whoa. This statistic has some naughty implications for what your employees may be doing on company time.

Even if your business has a family-friendly culture where pornography isn’t a problem, your company may still struggle with the heart of the issue--wasting company time; and, depending on the taste of an employee, they can easily waste just as much time watching a squeaky-clean Disney movie. Whether company time is wasted via YouTube or PornHub, it’s your responsibility as the business owner to make sure that your workers are getting work done whilst on the clock.

How should an office manager go about monitoring their employees? The go-to solution for years has been the walk-around-the-office-and-peer-over-their-shoulders method. While this is a semi-effective solution at keeping middle schoolers from cheating on tests, it’s not very effective at keeping adults from accessing forbidden websites.

This is especially the case as employee mobile devices are concerned, a trend commonly known as BYOD. You may be able to position a workstation monitor so you can see it from across the room, but a clever worker with a smartphone can easily conceal their device and stream whatever media they like.

That’s why you need a network solution that monitors Internet traffic, provides history reports, and offers content filtering so that you can altogether block time-wasting websites. Heart of Texas Network Consultants provides such a network tool with our Unified Threat Management solution, which is far superior and better for workplace relationships than creeping around the room.

In addition to non-work-related websites that waste company time, many of these frowned-upon sites contain malware and viruses that can compromise your company’s data. This is especially the case with online pornography. Therefore, you need an enterprise-level firewall that can block such threats from slipping through your defenses. Our UTM solution is more than a monitoring tool, it’s an all-in-one security solution that provides your business with the strongest firewall you can find, and it’s the key component to an effective BYOD policy.

If you want to learn more about how Heart of Texas Network Consultants can help protect your business and keep your workers productive, we encourage you to get in touch with us at (254) 848-7100.

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