What is NSFW – and why Content Filtering saves Companies from Disaster

August 17, 2016

NSFW stands for Not Safe For Work, and typically refers to content you shouldn’t open or see at work. When an employee comes across NSFW Content online, whether intentionally or accidentally, it poses a risk to your business. Could be a needless, inappropriate distraction, a customer could see it, or worse yet, a child of a customer or employee. Plus, sites where there is questionable content may contain threats other than inappropriate language, images, audio, or video. They often host malicious items such as browser redirection or hijacks, pop-up ads, or ads attempting to exploit your Mac or PC and inject malware; they may even host malware themselves. This alone is enough for many businesses to consider content filtering solutions.


Why do Companies Need Content Filtering?

Employee productivity is a major concern for many companies looking into content filtering. There may be considerable productivity lost if employees are online on unapproved sites during working hours. If they wind up with a virus or malware infection, the loss can be even more severe. We’ve even seen ransomware deployed as a result of clicking a link that could’ve been stopped by content filtering.

They may cause downtime, data loss on a PC, or even on servers. Even if your employees are on task 100 percent of the time, a content filtering system can protect them from doing harm via a mistyped web address or accidentally clicking a link in a search result or spam email. Any number of accidents could lead to the same network-wide risks.

Keep employees out of unsafe, unwanted place online with content filtering

Content Filtering Solutions

Cii offers two different content filtering solutions based on a company’s business needs:

  1. A firewall-based, low cost option that works extremely well for the computers behind the firewall.
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  3. A hosted proxy solution that provides protection for PCs and laptops whether they are inside the network, or in the field, by handling requests to access sites and either blocking or allowing them on a domain basis.

Both solutions are robust, reliable, and reasonably priced.

Contact us today to find out how you can begin protecting your customers, employees, and business from these threats.

 


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I am a .NET and web programmer and systems administrator who is fascinated by all things tech.  My primary goal is to create software and implement technology that empowers people to work smarter.  I believe that technology should enhance our lives, not control them. I like hiking, cycling, gardening, and in general doing things to connect with nature.

Gray Anthony, Software Engineer