Web and email filtering firm Bloxx has launched a new email filter designed to boost staff productivity by helping users better manage non-business emails.
The Bloxx Email Filter features traditional anti-spam and anti-virus capabilities, and now includes a categorisation engine powered by the firm's Tru-View technology which identifies whether the email is business or personal based on URL information.
Once the email is categorised as one or the other, it is down to the organisation's email policy as to whether it should be blocked, delivered or held for future delivery, said Bloxx.
Karen Renaud, a computer scientist at the University of Glasgow, explained that, while email has the potential to be disruptive with most users, it may be counter-productive to ban personal emails outright.
"It is much better to proactively manage personal email use and to make employees aware that reasonable personal use is permitted but that this is a privilege which can be withdrawn should it be abused," she said.
"Using an email filter that can identify and manage personal email may well be an effective way of encouraging employees to deal with the bulk of their personal email during their breaks."
The Bloxx Email Filter is available now in hardware configurations to support different network sizes, and includes the appliance, software updates, support and maintenance for one or three years.
Prices start at £2,220 for a network with up to 100 PCs.
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