Archives for June 2010

Banning Social Networks At Work: Exercise in Futility

Friday, June 25, 2010 No Comments

This article we found highlights a security firm’s summit, where they stated clearly that banning social media is an exercise in futility. They also said that productivity and keeping people off social networks should not be an IT concern, rather a boss’s problem and an issue of clear guidelines and expectations.

Agreed. And The Office Software comes in handy for just that. Rather than totally blocking social networks, you can allow your employees to use them – but if they start to abuse the privilege, you will see it and can hold them accountable…

22 Jun 2010
Companies shouldn't bother banning Facebook, social networking
By Eric Parizo, Senior Site Editor, SearchSecurity.com

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – According to a Gartner Inc. social media security expert, banning Facebook, and other social networking services like LinkedIn and Twitter, is an exercise in futility. To boot, securing social media in the enterprise is not a responsibility that should fall to information security teams. Read more ›

Big Boss Is Probably Watching You – Legally

Thursday, June 24, 2010 No Comments

We found this interesting article in the Lowell Sun (Massachusetts) that looks at employers’ legal rights to monitor employees basically anywhere in the work place (except the bathroom) and on any computer… and they don’t really have to tell you! With The Office Software, you can monitor your employees in a legal and visible way, and have them actively participate in keeping workplace productivity high.


June 21, 2010
Big Boss is probably watching you -- legally
By Rita Savard, Lowell Sun

The camera Kyle Keady concealed inside a pen was the size of a housefly.

The former Shirley town administrator told police he tucked his homemade spy device in a vent above a ladies room stall in Town Hall.

Then there was the digital recorder hidden in a potted plant on his female assistant's desk, a baby monitor stashed away in ceiling tiles and hundreds of photos taken in the area of Keady's office without anyone knowing.

His arrest, and the controversy that has roiled Shirley's close-knit community of 6,300, has also sparked questions about just how far a boss can go to monitor employees. Read more ›

What is acceptable office computer use

Friday, June 18, 2010 No Comments

We found this great article on PCWorld.com that looks at appropriate computer use at work. Though a competitor is mentioned, the article is lengthy, in-depth, and presents a great argument for monitoring employees in the workplace. With The Office Software (theOS), you can block websites you don’t want people on at all or just keep an eye on where people are going and how they are spending your time on the Internet…


Not Safe for Work: What's Acceptable Office Computer Use
By Joan Goodchild, CSO

How many minutes, or hours, did you spend on Facebook today? Even if you spent just a few minutes on the popular social networking site during office hours, you're not alone. Data from Nucleus Research finds 77 percent of workers who have a Facebook account use it during work hours. Read more ›

Facebook at Work?

Tuesday, June 08, 2010 No Comments

This interesting article from a North Dakota newspaper looks at the productivity issue (or lack thereof) that comes up when we look at the allowance of Facebook in the office. A poll on the website asks if Facebook use should be banned at workplaces… 67% say yes!

If bosses used a productivity tool like The Office Software (theOS), they could allow Facebook, but prevent abuse. Thus giving them the chance to harness the power of social networks, while making sure the business isn’t hurt by the privileges afforded to employees.

June 04 2010
Facebook at work: Employers worry about productivity
By: Sherri Richards, INFORUM

Jeff DeLoss, a business analyst at Noridian Administrative Services in Fargo, can’t log on to Facebook at his work computer. Company policy does not allow access to social networking sites on company time.

“I guess I don’t mind it,” he said about the policy, “because I can see room for a lot of misuse on company time.” Read more ›

Surfing Porn Still Popular At Work

Wednesday, June 02, 2010 No Comments

Surfing Porn Still Popular At Work -- Think your employees aren’t surfing (or trying to) porn at work? Think again! Statistics show 70% of all Internet porn traffic takes place during the 9-to-5 workday. With a tool like The Office Software, you will be able to keep an eye on your employees and stop a porn addiction before it get serious and hurts everyone involved. Check out this excellent article from Canada!

May 26, 2010
Surfing porn still popular at work
By Lauren La Rose, Globe and Mail

In a relationship with pornography that spanned three decades, Michael Leahy said it was in the final five years that his use of the material went beyond recreational — it became an obsession.

At the height of his addiction, Leahy worked out of a cubicle for a computer company in Atlanta, and accessed porn online for an hour or two a day. As a company salesman who was often on the road, Leahy said that tally could reach as many as eight hours in a day. Read more ›