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When it comes to your company’s browsing policies, make sure you’re safe—not susceptible

Threats come at your business from every angle, including malicious parties lurking in cyberspace. As a smart small business, though, you have the security basics covered to protect you from viruses, spam, and other attacks. But as it turns out, security is often breached in more mundane ways—such as ordinary on-the-clock web browsing.

You may think your current web browsing policy is sufficient. After all, you have all the necessary restrictions in place, like no access to risky (or risqué) sites, limited or no access to social media and gaming sites, etc. Realistically, though, you can’t control your employees’ Internet use 100 percent of the time. For example, according to the Wasting Time at Work Survey by AOL and, 22 percent of employees waste about 2 hours per day (14 percent waste three or more hours!), often browsing personal sites that could pose a threat to your business. And according to a Cisco security report, among customers surveyed about employee use of Facebook, seven percent spend an average of 68 minutes a day playing the popular social media game Farmville.

So how do you protect your business from the potentially harmful effects of employee web browsing? First, you need to dispel some common myths:

Next, follow these three best practices for safer web browsing:

If you’re under the misconception that only naïve browsers suffer from malware and virus exposure, you’re mistaken. Sometimes just visiting a site can trigger “drive-by downloads,” rendering your company—and its critical information—compromised. To guard against these events and enhance network security, a content management system, such as the one in the Cisco ASA 5500, can help.

What does your small business do to stay safe in the face of employee web browsing?

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  1. I thought the “Wasting Time at Work” survey was very interesting. One side of the argurment suggests that in todays labour market employees are increasingly expected to put in a greater amount of unpaid time at work and that web browser is a way in which the time is “stolen” back from employers.

    Not my opinion incidentally but an interesting point regardless.

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