For every business, established or emerging, the Internet is an essential tool which has proved to be indispensable. The usefulness of the internet can be counteracted by abuse of it, by a business’s employees or guests. Activities such as downloading or sharing illegal content, visiting high risk websites and accessing malicious content are serious security risks for any business.
There is a very easy way of monitoring, managing and implementing effective Internet usage. GFI WebMonitor can not only provide the aforementioned, but also provide real – time web usage. This allows for tracking bandwidth utilisation and traffic patterns. All this information can then be presented on an interactive dashboard. It is also an effective management tool, providing a business with the internet usage records of its employees.
Such reports can be highly customised to provide usage information based on the following criteria/categories:
- Most visited sites
- Most commonly searched phrases
- Where most bandwidth is being consumed
- Web application visibility
Some of the sources for web abuse that can be a time sink for employees are social media and instant messaging (unless the business operates at a level where these things are deemed necessary). Such web sites can be blocked.
GFI WebMonitor can also achieve other protective layers for the business by providing the ability to scan and block malicious content. WebMonitor helps the business keep a close eye on its employees’ internet usage and browsing habits, and provides an additional layer of security.
On its main dashboard, as shown below, the different elements help in managing usage and traffic source and targets:
Figure 1. WebMonitor’s Dashboard provides in-depth internet usage and reporting
WebMonitor’s main dashboard contains a healthy amount of information allowing administrators and IT managers to obtain important information such as:
- See how many Malicious Sites were blocked and how many infected files detected.
- View the Top 5 Users by bandwidth
- Obtain Bandwidth Trends such as Download/Upload, Throughput and Latency
- Number of currently active web sessions.
- Top 5 internet categories of sites visited by the users
- Top 5 Web Applications used to access the internet
Knowing which applications are used to access the internet is very important to any business. Web applications like YouTube, Bittorrent, etc. can be clearly identified and blocked, providing IT managers and administrators a ringside view of web utilisation.