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SurfWatch Invites Co's To Test Their Internet Traffic, Free

Spyglass subsidiary SurfWatch Software has invited companies to use a free program named CHECKNET to test their Internet traffic against SurfWatch's Internet filters.

The initiative will help business managers determine to what extent their staff engages in non-work-related Internet surfing.

"Any business that provides free-range Internet access in the workplace without assessing the benefits and costs is simply surfing with blinders on. CHECKNET will help businesses quickly and confidentially determine whether Internet access in their office is lowering worker productivity or netting gains for the company," said Theresa Marcroft, director of marketing for SurfWatch Software.

In order to participate, a company needs to visit the URL below, and complete a few simple steps. These include uploading at least one week's log files, logging-in, entering a password, and then sending the name of the uploaded file to checknet@surfwatch.com.

Within two days of receiving the log file, SurfWatch's CHECKNET returns a detailed analysis of Internet usage, categorized under the following headings: astrology, chat, games, glamour/intimate apparel, investments, entertainment, sports, real estate, hobbies, job search, motor vehicles, travel, shopping, general news, personals/dating, usenet news, drugs/alcohol, gambling, sexually explicit, violence and hate speech.

It is expected that many business managers will find a need for SurfWatch filtering software, having used the CHECKNET service. SurfWatch filters the World-Wide Web, Internet newsgroups, FTP, Gopher, IRC, and Web-based chat connections, blocking unwanted content at the computer or local network where it is installed.