Are your employees using the company’s internet connection purely for work-related reasons? If the answer is no, can your bandwidth handle all the demands placed on it? In other words, are your employees are putting unnecessary strain on your bandwidth?
Bandwidth refers to the maximum amount of data you can transmit from one point to another using a computer network or internet connection in a certain period of time. The more bandwidth you have, the more data and bigger the files you can send. For companies such as architects, property surveyors and graphic designers, that are reliant on being able to send and receive large files types, having a secure and fast connection is paramount.
For businesses that use cloud-based systems, be that a phone system or a CRM, overloaded bandwidth could cause problems for these applications.
Bandwidth is measured by how many bits can be transferred each second. The bigger the connection the more bits. Connections can be measured in bits (bps or bits per second), megabits (Mbps) which is a million bits or in gigabits (Gbps) which is a billion bits. The more bits you have the better connection you are receiving.
How do you make sure your employees aren’t using company bandwidth for their personal use to access websites, apps or streaming sites that will put unnecessary pressure on your bandwidth?. If your company is using a standard broadband connection, your bandwidth may already be struggling with the number of users logged into it. Even with fibre connections and leased lines, your bandwidth may be stretched to its limit with staff using it for personal use.
By implementing web filtering, you can control what your staff are using the internet for. You can allow only corporate devices to be connected during working hours, with the freedom to lift the ban during lunchtime, so staff can browse, stream and play during their breaks.
Web filtering allows you to control the amount of bandwidth available for people to use, allowing you to prioritise emails, file sharing, work-related and cloud hosted applications.
Filtering which devices can connect to the internet and what those devices can do while connected is a sure-fire way to not only keep your bandwidth stable, but your employees productive and efficient.
If you would like to find out more about web filtering and if it could help your business, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.