I am away from my desk and visiting porn sites…

Posted: April 17, 2008

New research released today by web security specialists ScanSafe reveals that remote workers are more than twice as likely to visit porn sites as their office-bound colleagues.

The company has also found that remote laptop users are more than five times as likely to visit ‘extreme’ websites and four times as likely to visit sites promoting illegal activities, potentially putting themselves and their bosses at risk of legal liability and exposure to malware.

The findings were taken from an analysis of eight billion web requests processed by ScanSafe last month for its customers.

“It’s no surprise that web habits change when staff are outside of the physical confines of the office and away from the watchful eye of bosses and colleagues,” said Spencer Parker of ScanSafe.

“What is surprising is that there is such a huge increase in visits to what most firms would deem highly offensive web sites, and in some cases, illegal content. If employees are using a company laptop to download illegal music files from home, their bosses may be liable. Staff assume their web habits away from the office are unsupervised, but no matter where they are working, they could be putting their company at risk.”

The Office for National Statistics state that more than six million Britons currently work from home or other locations away from the office on a regular basis.

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