Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Small businesses restrict social media access

An increasing number of small to medium sized companies block all access to social media at work, a new report from security firm Webroot reports, in a story by Keith Ferrell in Information Week. A few employers allow such access only during break down, but 21-39% blocked access to YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter, or some combination of these, according to a survey of 500 to 1000 firms in the US and UK.

Fear of malware was the biggest reason, along with lack of expertise in proper use of the sites. Legal liability fears also drive the process. Yet many companies would benefit from wise use of social media. Information Week SMB, Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Business has the report here.

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