Monday, December 7, 2009

Putting a Fair Internet Use Policy in Place

There are real security problems and many, many threats, not only from e-mail but also from web browsing. Your employee could be browsing online, come across a link, click on it, and download a little file. That's how some piece of malware finds its way onto the machine and from there it gets into all the machines on the network.

More than half of employees who have Internet access at work say they will shop for holiday gifts from the office, according to a November poll conducted for, a division of the National Retail Federation. While online shopping may be more efficient than braving the crowds at lunch hour, employee shopping can compromise both security and productivity, says David Kelleher of GFI Software, which sells remote monitoring and management software primarily to small and medium firms. He spoke recently about this topic with Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein. Edited excerpts of their conversation follow.

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