Suggested Technology Policies

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A large percentage of my billable time with clients is correcting avoidable problems associated with open IT policies.  Additionally, I see many clients loosing money due to technology abuse by employees.

Please consult legal representation prior to implementing any IT Policies.

The following are suggested guidelines specifically for my clients:

Suggested Forbidden Programs

and Websites

Basic List of Approved Programs

(may vary by client)

  • Outside mail including but not limited to Hotmail and Yahoo Mail

  • Browser helpers including but not limited to Dashbar, Yahoo Companion, Hotbar, Gator or CoolWebSearch

  • Internet Pop Up Stoppers in general.  If you have a pop up problem, you have a spybot problem that needs to be resolved.

  • Any Spybot cleaning programs or Ad Stop programs should be installed by the end user, especially ones that are delivered by pop-up advertising.

  • Any unapproved or secondary virus detection or cleaning programs.

  • Any instant messaging or chat program unless specifically approved, including but not limited to AIM, iChat, Yahoo Messaging, and MSN Messenger.

  • Any Email Program "Add-ons" including but not limited to Smilies and additional Stationery or Backgrounds

  • Any Screensaver programs or desktop background image generators except for those built into Windows.  This especially includes Webshots.

  • Any programs that change the users cursors.

  • Any program based daily message programs.

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Access and integrated tools)

  • One Approved Anti-Virus Program

  • Macromedia Flash

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

  • Approved Accounting Software

  • Spybot Search and Destroy

  • Quark

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Filemaker

  • WinZip

  • Quicktime

  • Windows Updates may be installed, just don't be fooled by a pop-up that looks like it is a legitimate Windows update.

If you ever have any question as to what should or should not be installed, ask first, and install only after approval!