10 Disruptive Online Services Enterprises Should Ban From the Network

NEWS ANALYSIS: Employees are accessing any number of entertainment, social networking and shopping Websites that threaten corporate security and productivity. Most of them should be banned.

The Internet has become a savior for many companies. With the Web’s help, companies can expand their reach to other markets, dramatically improve their business processes to improve productivity and profitability.

Cloud-based business applications are allowing people to work productively anywhere. But as the Internet’s popularity has soared, so too, have services and technologies that might actually hurt productivity.

Not only are these sites distracting, some of them can even compromise network security. For all its benefits, the World Wide Web has also become a treacherous web of security and management pitfalls that IT decision-makers contend with every day.

To get a handle on the risks, enterprises are justified in blocking certain sites and services that could do more harm than good. Sometimes employees don’t like that. But if they are working on a corporate network they have to strictly following all network access policies or go work someplace else.

Take a look at some of the online services companies should block ban from the corporate network.

1. YouTube, of course

This one is an obvious one, isn’t it? YouTube with extremely rare exceptions has never served as a productive business information platform for enterprises. It is a bottomless time sink that distracts employees from productive work by viewing and sharing videos that are often inappropriate in an office environment. It should always be blocked.

2. Facebook is a brain drain

Facebook is nice for the marketing department to get the word out about the latest company news, but why a typical employee in accounting or management should have access to Facebook is anyone’s guess. Facebook is a productivity killer and depending on what folks share through the social network, a potential security issue.

3. The same is true for Twitter

Speaking of security issue, Twitter is arguably one of the biggest potential concerns facing companies today. The social network has no real value to anyone outside of the marketing department, and links and images and other potentially harmful media are shared with ease. Save yourself the grief and block Twitter.

4. Social-gaming sites

Oddly, there are some companies that don’t block social-gaming sites, like Zynga, PlayFish and others. Why? Those sites serve no purpose to anyone within a company and only kill productivity. They should always be banned from use in the office.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...