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How Much Does Facebook Cost You Each Month?

Written by: Christina Goggi on October 8, 2013

Nobody wants to be a buzzkill, and the Facebook-costs-300x201owners and management of small to mid-sized businesses probably have a couple of dozen more important things to do at any one point in time than to police their employees’ Internet usage. But have you ever stopped to consider just how much does Facebook cost you each month? Whether you pay a fixed monthly fee for bandwidth or a variable cost depending upon usage, it’s not just bandwidth that we’re talking about. Facebook and other non-business uses of the company’s Internet connectivity can add up quickly and cost you far more than you ever realized, impacting productivity and morale to bandwidth utilization. Let’s look at each one in a bit more detail.

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Porn in Parliament – Also in Your Office?

It is not the first time that online pornography has stirred controversy in the UK. The recent government’s decision to automatically opt-in home users to onlineporn adult websites was quite controversial with many people saying that it is not up to the government to decide what websites people can visit at home. It’s funny how, within only a matter of few weeks, official figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show that there have been thousands of blocked attempts to access pornographic websites. The official version is that users typically end up on these websites accidentally, they come up as pop-ups from other websites and that automatically refreshing websites will generate more hits per user – a feeble attempt to wipe egg off their face.

Why does this happen

It’s difficult to pass judgement on this issue. My view is that when someone is in their office, bored or tired after a long day, and having ‘exhausted’ their energy on Facebook, they might think that a quick peek at a ‘naughty’ website will not harm anyone? It’s also fair to say that most users probably already know that a web filtering solution is in place, and that their internet activity is monitored, so most of these are more likely than not deliberate attempts to access blocked online material. A user might come across an adult website while researching other topics, but the sheer number of attempts detailed in the statistics simply does not add up to this conclusion. When a specific website is visited, then it indicates intent to do so; however that’s up to the reader to judge

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What’s New in GFI WebMonitor®

David Attard, Product Manager for GFI david-attard-300x199WebMonitor, talks about what’s new in GFI WebMonitor 2013.

Q: What’s special about the latest version of GFI WebMonitor?

A: We have enabled web filtering using agents in the latest version of GFI WebMonitor. Basically, a small version of the GFI WebMonitor server is installed on business assets such as laptops and notebooks. This enables the administrator to monitor and block web activity on assets that are not connected to the corporate network. A lot of employees have a company laptop that they take home with them or on their travels. Since these are company owned, we recommend that they are protected even when ‘roaming’, that is away from the office. The level of protection for company assets is the same with the GFI WebMonitor agent whether they are on the network or not.

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