Average person spends 13 minutes per day viewing illicit material in work (infographic)

25 Mar 2014

When it comes to web browsing in the workplace, a significant number of people spend an average of 13 minutes each day viewing illicit content, such as pornography, a recent study suggests.

Irish company PixAlert, which works in the management of illicit image content on corporate networks, has released an infographic to highlight the rising and significant issue of pornographic image misuse within the workplace.

A recently published independent study revealed that 67pc of UK companies caught employees viewing illicit material in 2013, more than double the 2008 statistic of just 31pc.

According to PixAlert, online pornography has evolved into a commonplace office distraction that can result not only in a decrease in productivity, but also an increase in employee turnover and the potential of sexual harassment complaints.

Other figures highlighted in the report reveal that of 10,000 computers, a quarter of the illicit files were in the work computer’s hard drives.

According to Gerard Curtin, CEO of PixAlert, “Businesses wrongly assume that gateway filtering solutions stop digital pornography from disseminating networks. In reality, organisations have significant stores of illicit material residing across networks which they are oblivious to until an incident occurs.”

Illicit material infographic

Illegal activity online image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic