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Social networking sites prove to be costly headache for employers

Workers spending too much time on social networking websites such as Facebook are costing employers a staggering £130m a day according to the findings of one recent survey, and the problem looks set to become much worse if businesses fail to take action, and fast.

The findings from the survey, which has been conducted by one of the UK's leading employment law firms, shows that some 233 million hours are lost every month to employees surfing the net, with social networking websites causing the greatest concern. It

is a fact that these particular websites are very addictive and can often result in users remaining on the sites for hours rather than minutes.

A new application called Spector 360 aims at mitigating the impact of Social networks in a business environment.

Spector 360 effectively monitors and records everything employees do on their computer and the internet, providing employers with the perfect low-cost solution for monitoring employees. Use of the software packages significantly prevents, reduces or

eliminates the problems associated with abuse. In doing so employers have successfully stamped out inappropriate activity, reduced security breaches and prevented 'Insider' theft.

Many employers have been happy for their workers to use the internet for personal use as long as ultimately they do their job and reach their targets. However, this is now proving to be a somewhat costly decision for many businesses as loss of productivity and lack of concentration has proven to significantly hinder their overall performance.

Spector Software packages will record all websites visited, including the date and time of visits, the durations of visits and even the amount of time an individual is active on a website.

Spector 360 offers the most advanced internet monitoring reporting features on the market and incorporates a number of important advantages over other competing products. It's digital CCTV like recordings capture everything that happens on the screen

and provide concrete evidence of misuse. There is no need to have both monitoring and filtering software installed on a network as Spector 360 includes internet filtering features.

However, it may stir important privacy problems and may be perceived by employees as an intrusion in their private life.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.