Would you like to learn how to control internet access based on users? This article will provide a quick and easy how-to guide using a free trial of BrowseControl, CurrentWare’s web filtering software.
BrowseControl makes controlling internet access based on users, departments, and computers incredibly easy. Once you’ve installed the software all it takes is just a few clicks to set up user-based permissions. This tutorial will guide you through the general setup process and show you how to control internet access based on users with BrowseControl.
Setup File Contents:
Note: For companies installing BrowseControl on more than 300 computers, we recommend installing the CurrentWare Client setup file on a server and using SQL Server Professional as the database. To see Remote Deployment Options for BrowseControl, visit our quick-start installation page.
Now you can start to control internet access based on users using BrowseControl. You can control internet access in one of three ways:
With BrowseControl’s category filtering feature you can easily block millions of websites across hundreds of predefined categories. In just a few clicks you can prevent users from accessing social media, pornography, and other undesirable categories of websites.
If you would like to limit internet access to a pre-authorized list of websites, you can easily do that in BrowseControl.
Web content filtering is a critical tool for increasing cybersecurity, bolstering employee productivity, and ensuring that your workplace is safe from the impacts of inappropriate web surfing.
A modest amount of cyberloafing might be fine, but unmanaged internet access will become a major time sink. Blocking distracting websites keeps actively disengaged employees from sneakily wasting time by playing computer games and browsing social media sites.
Even for the best employees websites like social media and news outlets are designed to keep us hooked and spending far more time than we may realize. By proactively blocking distracting websites you can keep employees focused on their tasks by removing the temptation to scroll just a little bit more.
The internet is a valuable workplace tool, but it’s also a serious cybersecurity risk if employees are given complete access to it. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing websites, malware-infected domains, and unauthorized cloud storage accounts are all significant threats to sensitive corporate data. Web filters are a critical layer of defense for protecting networks against these high-risk websites.
Streaming a 4K Ultra HD Netflix video consumes 7GB of data per hour. Employees that use the company internet to stream videos waste valuable bandwidth and ruin the productivity of their coworkers by dramatically slowing down the speed of the internet.
A web filter limits opportunities for employees to access NSFW content such as pornography, hateful, and violent websites. By blocking websites that contain this content you can reduce inappropriate web usage that would otherwise contribute to a hostile work environment.
The ability to apply unique internet restriction policies based on the user is important for ensuring that your web filtering configuration does not cause a productivity bottleneck.
When to use user-based web filtering policies:
In these types of scenarios a company-wide web filtering policy will either block too much or not enough. By controlling internet access based on users you can make web filtering policies that properly fit the context for the users you will be managing.
This section will touch on the most common websites to block employees from accessing in the workplace. For an expanded list of distracting websites that should be blocked at work, check out this blog post.
Social media is an excellent tool for keeping in touch with family and friends or connecting with like minded communities. Unfortunately the addictive nature of these websites means they can easily become a major distraction.
Shockingly, a survey from Pew Research found that a whopping 77 percent of employees admitted to using social media during work hours. Unless your employees are managing your company’s social media account, these platforms aren’t going to be needed for work.
According to a 2013 Forbes article a survey by Nielsen found that 25 percent of working adults admit to looking at pornography on a computer at work. Inappropriate internet use leads to the creation of a hostile work environment. Your company can stay one step ahead by proactively blocking porn websites in your network using BrowseControl’s category filter.
Any employees that have access to sensitive data must not be allowed to access cloud storage sites that are not explicitly intended for use in the workplace. By adding the “File Hosting” category to your category filtering blacklist and whitelisting company-approved cloud storage sites you can prevent this common method of data theft.
Controlling internet access based on users is easy to do with BrowseControl. By applying user-specific policies you can ensure that your web filtering configuration increases employee productivity and data security without blocking websites that are legitimately necessary for specific users.