Report: Employees Waste "Hours" On Facebook, YouTube

A full 6.8% of all the URLs accessed by businesses goes to Facebook, and 10% of Internet bandwidth goes to YouTube, according to a new report from Network Box. "The figures show that IT managers are right to be concerned about the amount of social network use at work," Simon Heron, Internet security analyst for Network Box, tells SC Magazine UK. "There are two real concerns here: firstly, that employees will be downloading applications from social networks and putting security at risk; and secondly, the amount of corporate bandwidth that appears to be being used for non-corporate activity."

The study, which analyzed 13 billion URLs accessed by businesses, found Facebook and Youtube leading other companies like Google and Yahoo. The report also found that Google attracted 3.4% of all URLs, followed by Yahoo's image server YIMG at 2.8%, while Yahoo itself attracted 2.4%. DoubleClick, meanwhile, got 1.7% of all URL traffic, which was attributed to its massive network of banner ads. In the traffic category, Facebook used 4.5% of all bandwidth, Windows Update used 3.3%, and Google used 2.5%.

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