A fight against open-access I'm afraid.
Opera Software have published their latest browser boasting built in free VPN giving access past firewalls of countries, companies, education establishments etc.
As one on the other side of the fence trying to curb access because of employees clobbering our public network connection and viewing 'inappropriate content', (i.e. site not work related, but in work and getting paid) including gambling, shopping, online auctions, games, social media, webmail, streaming services and 'the most popular sites', how can we lock it down? I know that there are tools such as Websense that try to keep up with published VPNs, but we haven't got that installed.
Is there a way to prevent it being enabled on the browser? We have Internet Explorer options fixed/greyed out according to company standard.
Obviously there are some business needs to have https access (which I think most VPN options use) to certain sites, but the list is vast.
We will simply not to install software we cannot control and scan desktops for it if someone finds a way of getting it themselves. Installations may be on Windows, MAC, or Unix desktops.
I don't want to be a kill-joy, but employees are not paid to explore the internet. Would you allow your employees to just sit reading a book or the paper, watching TV and phoning friends all day?
Your suggestions would be much appreciated,