Archives for February 2010

SEC Employees Investigated for Surfing Porn Sites at Work

Monday, February 15, 2010 No Comments

SEC Employees Investigated for Surfing Porn Sites at Work -- Over 2-dozen Securities and Exchange Commission employees have been investigated for viewing porn on their government work computers. The great article below from a Law News website points to the original Washington Times story. Read ‘em both! The government could benefit from office tools like The Office Software, as government employees aren’t necessarily known as the types to never slack off…

February 3, 2010
SEC Employees Investigated for Surfing Porn Sites at Work
By Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal

The Securities and Exchange Commission has investigated more than two dozen employees and contractors caught viewing pornography on their government computers, including one regional supervisor who admitted his viewing habits were a “kind of distraction per se.”

The Washington Times wrote about the porn problem after getting information about the SEC investigations through a Freedom of Information request. The SEC did not reveal the names of the employees investigated. Read more ›

theOS Featured in Business News

Friday, February 12, 2010 No Comments

The Launch of theOS was covered in Business News on KUHF in Houston Texas! Ken Shallcross did an interview with Ed Mayberry, which is featured on their website. Check it out!

February 12, 2010
The makers of computer monitoring software have launched office and network monitoring. Ed Mayberry reports.

Tracking software is being marketed as a solution to increase employee efficiency and protect company assets. Pandora has launched The Office Software to combat cyberslacking and security risks by limiting Web surfing, online shopping and social network updating. The company's Ken Shallcross says it has a central dashboard station for management. Read more ›

Study Finds Most Czech Companies Monitor Employee Internet Activity

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 No Comments

Study Finds Most Czech Companies Monitor Employee Internet Activity
-- A study in the Czech Republic suggests that three quarters of all Czech companies track the web pages that their employees visit. The minister for minorities and human rights recently proposed a crack-down on employers who don’t respect the privacy of their staff. In the Czech Republic, monitoring web sites visited by employees is not illegal, but other forms of monitoring online activity are, like reading emails. Read this very interesting story and listen to the audio that illustrates differences and similarities in our two countries.

February 3, 2010
Study finds most Czech companies monitor employee internet activity
By Sarah Borufka

Concerns about employee privacy in the Czech Republic are on the rise. A freshly released survey suggests that three quarters of all Czech companies track the web pages that their employees visit. And the minister for minorities and human rights recently proposed a crack-down on employers who don’t respect the privacy of their staff. How serious is the situation? Read more ›

Employee Fired for Facebook Post

Monday, February 08, 2010 No Comments

Employee Fired for Facebook Post

-- An employee of a health/hospital company was fired for a Facebook post that the company says was a violation of corporate policy. Details of the post contents and employee name are not known, but it raises the real-life concern of what you say online can get you into trouble.

Whether companies choose to monitor activity in the office, or simply want to know what type of character you arre outside of work, saying something online - i.e. publicly expressed - can earn you a pink slip...

February 2, 2010
Employee Fired for Facebook Post
By Chris Cekot, WHTM-TV/ ABC 27

Harrisburg, Pa. - Millions of people use social networking sites to stay connected, but that may not always be a good thing.

You never know who's checking out your Facebook page. One Pinnacle Health employee was fired when the company objected to information he or she posted online. Read more ›

Monitor Employee Internet use for Better Productivity

Friday, February 05, 2010 No Comments

Thought I’d share this article I found at startupbizhub.com. I couldn’t have written this better myself… Happy Friday!

Should You Monitor Employee Internet use for Better Productivity?

Summary: Main reason behind monitoring internet usage of employees is increasing productivity in organizations. Internet has joined the race with extended lunch, coffee, cigarette breaks, personal chat with co-workers or non-business related phone calls which stop productivity in workplaces. Read more ›

More Coverage of Sophos Study - Social Networks Pose Security Risk to Companies

Thursday, February 04, 2010 No Comments

Here’s another article on the Sophos study we showed you yesterday. This one give a breakdown of what companies can do to protect themselves. Of course, they can use The Office Software to eliminate the cyberslacking and keep the security threats posed by social networks under control…

Why Your Boss Hates Facebook
Written by Sarah Perez, ReadWriteWeb.com

Are you goofing off on Facebook at work? As it turns out, this sort of "time theft" may be no longer be your company's top concern when it comes to social networking in the workplace. According to a new study from security firm Sophos, the real problem with social networks - and most of all Facebook - is the security risk they pose to organizations. Read more ›

Social Networks = Security Threat to Companies

Wednesday, February 03, 2010 No Comments

Social Networks = Security Threat to Companies

A survey of 500 companies worldwide conducted by security firm Sophos found companies have a real concern about their employees being on social networks – and it’s not just because of the rampant cyberslacking. Check out this article in USA Today…

February 02, 2010
Facebook viewed as riskiest social network by companies
By Craig Ruttle, AP

Seventy percent more companies reported spam and malicious infections arrived via social networks in 2009 vs. 2008. By the end of last year, 72% of companies expressed concern that their employees' use of popular social sites could result in a security breach. And 60% of companies now consider Facebook to be the riskiest social network out there. Read more ›