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Given the explosive growth of the mobile internet, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll want to put into place a solution that manages the content of your users such as content filtering. That’s because the increased uptake of smartphones, which in developed nations now outsell ordinary handsets, means that your employees are likely to be surfing the internet on your company phones.

Ostensibly this is a great thing for business. Your people can access the web from anywhere, enabling them to be flexible and more productive. They can open their phone and check their e-mail, log in to mobile applications that allow better work flow, or even approve major business decisions. Your employees can manage a better work-life balance whilst supporting clients from around the world.

A Cautionary Note

However there’s a potential downside to this too. Since the mobile internet is a relatively new phenomenon, users often aren’t aware that their browsing habits can be an issue for their employers. In many countries accessing pornographic or sexual content can be illegal or open your company up for discrimination lawsuits. The same can be said for violent content, religious content, or sites that talk about drugs or weapons.

You need to have a firm policy in place that educates your staff on what is and isn’t acceptable not just on their PCs but also on phones used for work purposes. The sites that are usually considered inappropriate often carry malware which could potentially damage your data or worse be used to steal that data. It’s in no-one’s interest if your employees are accessing this material on handsets that are used to run your business.

A Simple Preventative Action

Content filtering is the easiest way to protect your staff and your business from unwanted online material. It can be applied as a software solution on your network that blocks restricted sites from being accessed using browsers on the phone. This acts as a back-up for your user policies as well as offering an additional layer of security for your data. Given the popularity of the mobile internet every business needs to consider this issue now, before it’s too late.

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