Monday, April 11, 2011

Facebook is #1 (in webpages most prohibited by companies)

Today I would like to talk about the study done by Open DNS, a company specializing in Internet security. Their findings are indeed contradictory. On the one hand, Facebook is the most often blocked site in the workplace, but on the other hand, more and more people are joining companies via the Facebook channel. How can this inconsistency be resolved? Below is the list of the 10 "winners" - sites that are most commonly blocked by organizations, Facebook, surely, leading the pack.

10. This virtual marketplace got into the 10 with a 1.6% share for being considered to create heavy addiction: once someone decides to take part in an auction, they will be constantly connected there.

9. If a company prohibits the use of a Messenger, this program replaces it. This is an easy instant way to communicate and share resources, such as files. Allegedly, employees can spend hours talking to each other on subjects other than work, and 1.6% of companies prefer to block it.

8. This web resource is being blocked by 1.8% of companies for producing large amounts of spam and creating security risks for the IT systems.

7. A social networking site popular only in Brazil and India, 2.1% of companies decided to block it.

6. For 2.1% of the surveyed companies, checking personal e-mail is as unproductive and being on social networks on work hours - time that should be spent on completing organizational tasks.

5. 4.2% of employers think that their workers waste time tweeting or trying to find information about themselves. The truth is that Twitter, like many other social media tools, help the very same companies staying in closer contact with their key stakeholders, including the employees and the clients.

4. About 5.7% of companies block this site, an ad portal that is a true headache for the IT staff because of all the cookies that get saved on the computers and may create a risk of a virus infection.

3. 11.9% of bosses disagree that their subordinates should use that site at work, but it could be a useful and irreplaceable tool in many ways. For instance, according to studies, one session of watching funny videos boosts creativity and capacity to tackle complex problems.

2. 13% of companies do not want to take risks, and thus keep this site far away from their employees. Mostly they are afraid of information leaks via that channel.

1. And Facebook continues breaking records, now with 23% of employers deciding to block this popular social networking site. For companies the reasons are not only spending excessive time on that page, but also the security issues that are associated with it.

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