"When Web filtering first became an option for companies, we generally saw them block access to typical categories such as pornography, illegal activities and hate and discrimination," said Spencer Parker, director of product management at ScanSafe. "In recent months, employers are obviously wising up to the dangers and negative impact on productivity linked to certain sites and more and more of our customers have chosen to block social networking, online banking and Webmail."
An analysis of more than 1 billion Web requests processed by the company each month indicates a 20% increase in the number of customers blocking social networking sites in the last six months. Currently, 76% of companies are choosing to block social networking, and it is now a more popular category to block than online shopping (52%), weapons (75%), alcohol (64%), sports (51%) and Webmail (58%), according to ScanSafe.
Employers dont take the same stern approach to online banking, with less than half (47%) of ScanSafe customers blocking this category.
ScanSafe found an increase in the number of customers choosing to block these online categories in the last six months:
- 28% increase in travel.
- 27% increase in restaurants and bars.
- 26% increase in sports.
- 26% increase in online shopping.
- 19% increase in job searches.
- 16% increase in Webmail.
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