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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