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Time wasters: do you have any?

Australian office workers spend more than two hours a day online at work, according to a recent survey.

Anywhere from one-third to half that time is dedicated to personal internet use such as visiting banking websites, reading news and email, and even looking for other jobs.

Sydney based research group StollzNow interviewed 158 employees and 159 IT managers at organisations with 50 or more staff.

A third of survey respondents say they stay at work for half an hour or more each day to make up time for their online habits.

In response, companies are installing a variety of filters and tools to help manage user behaviour and reduce threats.

According to the statistics in the report, different URL filtering solutions were employed by 87% of the organisations represented by IT managers in the survey. This filtering is designed to protect against web threats, improve productivity, enforce internet policies and manage bandwidth. The larger the company, the more likely it was to have filtering in place.

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