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Capstone Works, Inc. has been serving the Cedar Park area since 2001, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

A Content Filter Does More than Keep Your Team On Task

A Content Filter Does More than Keep Your Team On Task

Content filtering is typically associated with keeping your team members on task and focused, but to leave it at that is to overlook half of the benefit that content filtering can provide. Let’s go over how a content filter can help you keep your business operating productively, as well as securely.

First, let’s go over what a content filter does.

The Purpose of a Content Filter

A content filter is a common tool used for security purposes by both businesses and private users alike. Its primary function is apparent in its name: it is meant to filter out websites, emails, and files as determined by the type of content they contain. Basically, if something is potentially harmful to your business or its productivity, the content filter keeps your team from being able to access it.

Businesses Tend to Focus on Keeping Users in Check

Content filtering has garnered a bit of a reputation as a means for a business to micromanage its employees—and, in all fairness, this is one valid use case for content filtering. Productivity can quite easily suffer if the distractions the Internet can provide creep into your team’s workday. Many of these distractions can be composed of materials that are grossly inappropriate for the workplace.

Having said this, there’s other reasons that content filtering is an advisable safeguard to implement in your business. Plus, relying on a content filter to monitor your team hardly suggests that you have any trust in them, so you certainly don’t want this to be your primary reason for doing so.

Businesses Can See Many Benefits from Content Filtering

Let’s go over the many benefits that content filtering can deliver:

Security

It’s no secret that hacks and cyberattacks happen, and the Internet is known to be a big enabler of these threats. Even trustworthy websites can be used to spread threats through aggregated content and other sneaky tactics, so keeping your users off of an insecure website at all will greatly benefit your business’ security.

Content filtering can do just that by blocking those websites that wouldn’t offer the kind of security that your business requires. With the ability to craft policies that uphold your necessary security standards, content filtering can leave your business safer.

Productivity

Okay, to be fair, we do have to mention the fact that content filtering can benefit your business in terms of productivity, if only because it can. With the capability to provide different members in your organization with different permissions to suit their individual responsibilities, you can better ensure that your team has access to fewer distractions throughout their day.

Workplace Propriety

We don’t have to tell you that the Internet is full of the kind of content that isn’t exactly appropriate for the workplace. After all, there’s a reason that the term “Not Safe For Work” exists. You don’t want your team accessing NSFW content while at work, do you? This would be an HR nightmare, and that’s before we even consider that not everything on the Internet is legal. Online piracy exists, and isn’t something you want tied to your network. Filtering content helps you prevent this.

Capstone Works can help you take advantage of these benefits directly by implementing a properly-configured content filter. Call (512) 343-8891 to learn more.

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