10 Disruptive Online Services Enterprises Should Ban From the Network

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-05-06 Print this article Print

5. Adult-oriented sites, naturally

Adult sites are another group of services that must be blocked in the enterprise. Not only are they inappropriate and could cause lawsuits, but they’re security risks because they are ridden with security flaws or are actively often times riddled with security flaws or will actively install malware any time someone visits them resulting in the compromise of corporate networks. Keep far away from them.

6. Vine social video-sharing site

Have you heard of Vine? If not, you better get to blocking it. The service is essentially a video tweet, allowing people to post quick clips of whatever they want and post it on the Web for all to see. As one might expect based on that description, Vine is bad news waiting to happen. And since it adds a mobile component, it’s a double whammy in a BYOD-controlled enterprise.

7. Any shopping site with poor security and a worse reputation

Many people will make quick purchases on shopping sites while they are at work, especially during holiday periods. There on shopping sites—allow them to ensure that employees are at least in the office during the busy holiday season or block them to keep them working. Although both policies have their virtues, it might just be best to block any shopping site that doesn’t have a strong reputation for security and reliability. Sites like Amazon, however, might be worth allowing access to in order to in order to limit shopping season “days off.”

8. Is Pandora really necessary?

The Pandora music recommendation site is another time waster that deserves to be banned from corporate networks. On one hand, some folks do better work when listening to music. On the other, they spend too much time curating their music libraries and not enough time actually getting work done. So, companies need to determine whether music sites, like Pandora, are really necessary. In most cases, they’re probably not.

9. Security software sites

This one might sound odd, but it’s always a good idea to block software security sites. Unfortunately, employees sometimes think that they know better than CIOs about what kind of security tools the company should install to keep computers and networks secure. Before you know it, they’re downloading security programs to suit their personal preferences. Companies don’t need the extra headaches. Block security sites and use only what has been approved.

10. Anonymizer Web tools

With all of these filters in place, one might wonder what would stop employees from accessing anonymizer tools on the Web that would allow them to sidestep the security policies or Website bans. It’s a good question, and one that can be answered by blocking known anonymizer tools, online instructions and other information that would make it possible for employees to do such a thing.

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