Why A Content Filter?
Why Does My Business Need to Filter Website Content?
Many owners and managers think employee web surfing is a small issue, don’t think website content filtering is important, and think content filtering is unnecessary; even a bit harsh and strict. But if you knew there was a process problem in your company that was leaking and costing you thousands of dollars a year, we are sure you’d jump to fix it at once.
Schools caught on to this long ago. They like Netsentron because of its combination of a true intelligent content filter and traditional ‘Ban List’, which makes it very good at protecting students from inappropriate website content. School administrators use Netsentron and its content filter because it stops people from seeing the wrong things on the Internet, and lets them see the right things. Isn’t that what should be happening when your employees use the Internet? You’ll probably be quite surprised at how much NOT filtering website content is costing you.
Recover Productive Worktime
Without an Internet content filter, you are letting your employees waste time surfing for things that have nothing to do with your business. How much?
- 30 – 40% of Internet use in the workplace is not related to business (IDC Research)
- Over 60% of all online purchases are made between 9AM and 5PM (Nielsens/NetRatings)
- 70% of all Internet porn traffic occurs during the 9-5 workday (SexTracker)
- 37% of workers say they surf the Web constantly while at work (Vault.com).
These are independent statistics, and they show that employees are spending a large amount of time looking at things on the Internet that they shouldn’t be.
Let’s say you have three employees, who earn an average of $20 per hour and work an 8-hour day Monday through Friday. Let’s assume that, with True website content filtering in place, you recover just 15 minutes of productive time a day from each employee. Just 15 minutes a day each. Much less than one percent of a 40-hour work week. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? However, you just made $300 in labour costs per month productive again–you just saved $300 per month from being wasted! That’s $3,600 in a year–compare that to the cost of the NetSentron, and this is only one area in which the NetSentron saves you money!
Online Gaming Increases
You’d think that in the current economy employees would be more likely to be staying away from time-wasters like online gaming. But the truth, says Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management’s Prof. Robert Bloomfield, is that despite fears of being laid off, online gaming is actually up at work.
Avoid Legal Liability
It might be hard to believe but the above stats show it to be true: The most common form of employee misuse of the Internet is to surf porn. Did you know a co-worker overseeing this misuse and becoming offended can result in legal action against the company? You don’t have to be imaginative to consider the costs of such a lawsuit.
Improve Network Performance
Just like how the cable signal comes to our television sets, most of us don’t really understand how data flows to and from our computer networks. We make use of it, but we don’t truly know how it works. So when we see our computer applications slowing down, most of us get frustrated. Then we assume our IT infrastructure is old and outdated and must need replacing. That’s an expensive proposition though, and quite possibly incorrect. Maybe all you need is a set of tools to manage bandwidth usage…at a fraction of what a major upgrade costs.
Some employees download intensive content like music videos, streaming media and advertising banners that clog up network resources. This will cause your network to be slow. With Netsentron’s diagnostic tools, you can quickly and easily identify bandwidth tie-ups. You can see which computer is downloading the media, and then stop it by throttling the bandwidth just like you use the throttle on your car to speed up or slow down. You can set a limit to the volume of bandwidth an individual computer is allowed to download…and keep your network resources freed up for important work.