Internet Porn Filter

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Viewing sexually offensive content in the workplace is a huge problem. Besides being unprofessional, there can be legal ramifications. With the right kind of Internet porn filter in place, you can protect your company from embarrassment and lawsuits.

Internet Porn Filters: How They Work

Most Internet filtering software on the market will allow a user to monitor or restrict access to offensive content with the use of filtering criteria. Keywords, file types, or URLs can be set up for a program to watch out for. If a user tries to access a web site containing that criteria, access is blocked, and reported. This way, you can not only prevent unauthorized Internet access, but know who is responsible.

Legal Issues

Legally, an employer is required to provide a work environment that is free of sexual or racial harassment. If some employees frequently access Internet content that their co-workers might find offensive, this can technically constitute sexual harassment, and a company can be sued. This is why it's so important that an organization protect itself.

Having an Internet porn filter in place is can be crucial. In most cases, there is no reason why material of this kind should be introduced into the workplace to begin with. It doesn't even have to be a matter of trusting the professionalism of your employees or not. Sites containing pornography can be accessed very easily and inadvertently through innocent enough looking emails that may get past SPAM filters. Why take the chance? Make sure the web filtering software you're thinking of buying has effective porn blockers in place.


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