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Creating a Fair Internet Use Policy In Your Company

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4 September 2018. It is said that companies lose a lot of money because their employees use the internet when they are supposed to be working. If you don’t want your workers to hang out on social media sites all day and get distracted, it might be a good idea to develop a fair internet use policy in your company. This shouldn’t mean that you completely block sites, but you will have to limit the time spent on private sites and conversation. By having a fair policy, you will make it clear what is expected of your employees and prevent security issues, too.

Blocking unsafe sites

One of the things you can do is that you block the sites that might pose a threat to your business. Your employees might browse the internet and – without knowing – download software that will damage your devices. If you don’t know anything about the different invisible online security threats such as malware, you might need to talk to a local computer expert who will put the right measures in place that will help you keep your files safe.

Preventing downloads

It is also important that you prevent unauthorized downloads and keep your files and your system safe. Hidden files can damage your network and connections, not to mention the expensive software you got designed to help your employees work more efficiently. In your employee behavior policy, you will have to make sure that you pay attention to highlighting the ban of downloading sites from torrent pages or other unsafe sources. You might, however, use an idm serial key that will help you get the software that you need for work.

Private email attachments

It is also important to specify whether or not your employees can access their private emails on your computers. If yes, you will be risking the download of various attachments that can clog or damage your system. Make sure that if you don’t allow your workers to access these sites through your work network you provide them access to another computer during breaks that are not linked to work tools and software. It is better to give them access during the break time than having to deal with complaints. However, for data security, you will not want your confidential files to be accidentally shared with others.

Mobile phones

There is, of course, the question of mobile devices in the office. If you are in a highly protected environment and your workers deal with private information on a day-to-day basis, you might ask them to leave their mobile devices in the lockers and only use them when they are out of the office. Just imagine if an employee took a picture of a credit card application or a spreadsheet containing your procedures and sold it on the black market. Follow your best judgment and your gut instincts when creating a policy on using mobile devices in the office.

Internet use in the office will not only reduce your employee productivity, but also potentially risk your business.

Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in this post are the contributor’s and not those of Science & Enterprise.

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