What sites are eating up most of your company’s bandwidth? Hint: They’re not work-related.
More Internet traffic from work computers goes to Facebook than any other site, according to a recent report by security firm Network Box.
Analysis of 13 billion URLs used by businesses in the first quarter of 2010 showed that 6.8% of all business Web traffic goes to the popular social networking site — that’s up 1% from the last quarter of 2009.
The top five sites visited by businesses this past quarter:
- Facebook – 6.8% of all traffic
- Google – 3.4%
- Yimg (Yahoo!’s image server) – 2.8%
- Yahoo! – 2.4%
- Doubleclick – 1.7%
As far as total bandwidth (rather than number of visits), YouTube was the biggest drain on company resources, claiming 10% of all businesses’ bandwidth — though Facebook did manage to come in second, with 4.5%.
While managers may have concerns about employees wasting their time at work, IT’s likely more worried about non-work sites taking up valuable resources. Has your company taken any steps to make sure your bandwidth’s used only for work purposes?
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