Should Facebook be banned at the office?
Social networks are very popular. so popular that millions divert thier attention towards them on a daily bases. Often while on the company's time. Burning both time and resources as they poke friends, search for long lost lovers, envy thier more successful colleagues or gloat over thier own marvellous achievements.
It's no secret, business owners are concerned. But should they ban Facebook in response?
There's a lot that goes into play when you're discussing worker productivity and thier access to certain sites in the Internet that may be taking too much of the corporate time, network resources and opens the door to a whole slew of possible malicious attacks
Some IT managers have made the case that the risk is not justified and many companies have cracked down on sites like Facebook, Myspace and a bunch of other community networks.
Any employee needs to be reminded that all his actions are actually being monitored, and everything he does on the Internet is probably going through a corporate proxy/firewall server of some sort. Since Facebook and other sites don't offer SSL encryption for thier users, the end result is that your IT manager can see EVERY SINGLY WORD YOU WROTE on Facebook. He can read it in clear text.
It managers are also fearful from the effects of spam, spyware and other malicious applications that might infiltrate thier corporate network through seemingly harmless applications that the users might be lured to download into thier company's network.
Despite all of that, many companies still allow thier employees to browse freely to almost anywhere they like on the Internet. With limited or no restrictions. But many fear the days of completely unrestricted access to online services might be numbered. Even worse, there are fears that certain schools and collages might follow in the footsteps of major corporations in this trend.
So what do you think? Should Facebook be banned from the office? Consider both the employee and the employer point of views.