Sight For Sore Eyes

Clean It Up

Keeping your computers smut-free.

In theory, giving employees access to the Internet will make them more productive. But in reality, some workers find the allure of game-, sport- or sex-related sites too strong to resist. This slows access for legitimate users, wastes untold hours of company time and brings objectionable material into the workplace. While a number of companies have established usage policies for the Internet, most entrepreneurs don't have the time to stalk cubicles in search of rule-breakers.

The Elron Internet Manager from Elron Software Inc. effectively enforces usage policies by blocking access to sites deemed inappropriate by network administrators. The software, which is loaded onto the network server, can track individual or networkwide usage and generate reports on which sites are being visited, what files are being downloaded and who is doing the surfing. Internet Manager is supported by Windows NT, Apple or UNIX platforms and does not slow Internet access during periods of heavy traffic.

If you think this software isn't necessary, consider this: Elron Software asked companies who downloaded a trial version of the product to submit three days' worth of usage reports to them, and found that nearly 70 percent of the participating businesses recorded hits on sexually explicit sites. For a copy of the study or a free 30-day trial of the program, visit or call (800) 223-9075.

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This article was originally published in the April 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Sight For Sore Eyes.

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