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Tue

Aug 9, '11

Last month I read an article about some city hall workers in Dallas Texas. Among other information this article revealed that many of the workers had spent as much as 68 hours on facebook.com over a 3 month period. Personally, I don't find this number shocking at all, there are many other studies showing that many employees spend as much as 1.5-2 hours a day using the Internet for personal use.

Thu

Jan 22, '09

Times have changed. There was a time when you could put up a big URL list and block every distracting or inappropriate website your employees or students could ever think of going to.

Well, you can still do that, but now all the surfers have to do is use httpS instead of http, and they're off and surfing the bad waves again. Plus, half the content your users are accessing isn't even browser-based. You've got Bit Torrent, You Tube, Hulu, Pandora, whatever. So now it's not just content, but it's also bandwidth.

Did you know that? And even if you did know that, what's the solution? Most Internet filters fix the secure site problem by simply blocking secure traffic. Which is great until you actually need secure web traffic. What about bank sites? What about 401k sites? What about, you know, ALL the secure sites you use every day? Blocking all SSL traffic could cripple you.

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