Mississauga, ON Canada (PressExposure) October 08, 2007 -- The differences between monitoring software and content blocking software can be confusing. But as their names imply, monitoring software is designed to keep track of what your employees are doing on the Internet while content blocking software enables you to completely block access to web sites that meet the criteria you define.
As a small business owner in today's global economy, it's impractical to think you can run your business - no matter what you do - without the ability to access the Internet. Although you cannot cancel your Internet access, you can install software for monitoring or content blocking. But which should you choose? This article will help you determine which is better for your small business.
Software for monitoring can tell you a lot about the way your employees are browsing the Internet. Such software usually has the ability to report on the web sites your employees are visiting, how much time they spend at the different sites, the size of any files they've downloaded, and may even report when employees try to access the types of sites you have blocked.
Content blocking software is designed to completely block access to a web site by blocking a specific URL or by blocking based on specific key words or the type of content offered on the site. For example, a porn blocker restricts employee access to any site that involves pornography.
Most content blocking software comes preloaded with the most commonly blocked content categories for fast and easy setup. While extremely valuable, it's important to note that some content blocking software can end up blocking more sites than you had expected, especially when blocking is based on key words. If you find this to be the case, all you do need to do focus more on blocking by URL or type of content.
Look for flexibility Once you've determined whether you need to completely block access to certain types of web sites or whether you merely want to keep track of what your employees are doing on the Internet, you'll still have plenty of options. At that point, it'll be time to look more closely at the features.
For example, it might make sense to find a product that can be programmed to turn software monitoring or content blocking off during certain times. With flexibility such as this your employees can surf the Internet during their lunch breaks. Password protection is another important feature to look for. But only you'll know what's most important for your small business. Good luck with your decision!