Blocking Facebook? Not popular, and not effective

OK, so we know that social networking sites have their issues and threats associated with them, we’ll be the first to admit it. But on the same note, we also know that just blocking/censoring them (pick the more politically correct term) is not working either. This is in light of the Maryland general assembly’s decision to block Facebook and MySpace from their computers.

It’s a lose-lose situation. You lose the added value of using social networking to leverage business, you lose the “popular” vote when your employees expect access to such sites, and you lose on the security front as simply blocking certain sites is not effective.

The solution as we see it here is to enable access to social networking sites, while stripping out any malicious content that may end up there, and control what functionality is permitted while browsing social networking sites.


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