MySpace Targeted as Time-Waster at Work

As companies move to restrict Web surfing at work, more of them are blocking access to MySpace than to Facebook, according to a survey released Wednesday by Web security company Barracuda Networks Inc. While 44% of companies using Barracuda's Web filtering technology block access to MySpace, only 26% are doing the same to Facebook, according to an analysis of data contributed by several thousand customers, Barracuda said. While 19% of companies blocked both the sites, half said they block one or the other or both, the analysis showed.

Barracuda also conducted a separate survey of 228 IT security workers. It showed that 53% of businesses restrict Web surfing with automated Web filtering systems and almost two-thirds (65%) expect to enforce Web surfing restrictions in 2008. That would represent a 23% increase in the number of companies doing so. The top two reasons companies cited for enforcing Web surfing restrictions were virus or spyware protection (70%) and employee productivity drain (52%).

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Maybe instead of worrying so much about blocking Child Predator Haven and Facebook, companies should do some work in their HR department. If the staff you've hired don't have enough work that they are wasting their time on the Internet perhaps you need to re-evaluate their workload or whether they belong on your team.

There's a balance between keeping in touch and wasting time and your employees should have a grip on that balance.

This is a great point. It amazes me how many people have this abundance of free time at work. Since high school, the jobs I've held have taught me that there is always something productive that can be done. If not a task already assigned to you, then it's an opportunity to shine as a member of the team. I can't imagine why people wouldn't want to excel.

Well, maybe if they hate their jobs and just do the bare minimum to keep an income.

MySpace and Facebook are the same, just competiting against each other. I've heard FaceBook is better.

BUT, I don't visit those sites. There is a much better way to meet new people - OUTSIDE! Get your ass out of your house and meet real new people. I guess by the time MySpace is extremely popular and gets out of control, many people would have low self esteem. It is hurting human relationships than they would help.

So I praise most corporations to block such sites. You go to work to work and not play. Play is not work. Perhaps they should put in a sysetm where if you use too much internet for personal use, then your pay is reduced to cover costs for providing internet service.

They can gladly reduce my pay the couple bucks it takes to provide the company with my end of their Internet service....sheesh.

Honestly people, don't you people have project management, schedules, deadlines, etc? If you do, then who cares if you can catch up life a little if you're delivering as required. If you don't, then who's fault is it that the employees get paid for doing diddly squat? Ahem.

heh, and i still dont know the difference between facebook and myspace.... i dont have an account in either, do i have a problem?

Can't you just "deny all but the selected websites" on the office computers? And, I haven't tried it, but isn't that a option in Windows, to run on a "trusted network" of sites?

I know my company doesn't block facebook. However, I'm sure if I started visiting it too much I'd be called in for a meeting to talk about my "internet usage". :cheeky:

I OpenDNSowned MySpace a while back now here at the office. It's kinda funny, actually, since I blocked MySpace, there was a noticeable jump in requests to Facebook. Too bad I blocked that, too.

Internet Targeted as Time-Waster at Work

Title corrected with added truth and logic. Companies who don't have proper policies and measures against online time wasters deserve the losses.

GEIST said,
Internet Targeted as Time-Waster at Work

Title corrected with added truth and logic. Companies who don't have proper policies and measures against online time wasters deserve the losses.

I can't disagree with that at all. Most of my clients now have hardware filters (sonic wall, etc.) in place once they realized the need for it and the cost saving in the end. 1 store had major bandwidth issues and it was because of one department that loved to stream music and watch videos all day sucking the bandwidth away. Another was daily having to redo computers that the employees jacked up so bad with viruses and spyware. They ALL put myspace on the block list LOL.

No, really, you don't say. I'm fed up with it personally and on the fringe of banning personal Internet use and cellphones altogether with my employees. Seems like I'm the only one with a work ethic and mine isn't worth bragging about.

Same here. I like my surf breaks just as much as the other guy, but you know there's a problem when half your employees are trying to get their fantasy fix and catching up on personal email on Monday morning.

It burns my eyes to look at the logs ...

Life is not just about work, ahem. As long as people are hitting their deadlines, stop your bitchin' :)

So grow up, get back to work, fix the slow ass server, and mind your own damn business.

excalpius said,
Life is not just about work, ahem. As long as people are hitting their deadlines, stop your bitchin' :)

So grow up, get back to work, fix the slow ass server, and mind your own damn business. ;)

Once you're on the clock, your job is priority #1, and your employer is well within his rights to restrict personal activities. People with poor work ethics are just as bad for society as people lacking other ethics, from parenting to personal responsibility. They should never expect respect, and deserve any subhuman treatment they bring on themselves.

*hates douchebags*