Many companies have decided to block the capability to stream March Madness this year, which invariably has led to a disappointed workforce. A survey by MSN and Impulse Research showed that 66 percent of workers will be following March Madness this year during work. That includes 20 percent expecting to use one to two hours of their workday following games; another 14 percent spending three to four hours; and 16 percent saying they will spend five hours or more watching games instead of working.
For those wanting to stream March Madness but have had CBSSports.com blocked by their IT administrators, Hotspot Shield is a great solution. The software creates a virtual private network (VPN) between computers or iPhones and their internet gateway, which allows users to bypass their work network’s block settings. During last year’s March Madness visits to NCAA.com and CBSSports.com thru Hotspot Shield increased in by 710% peaking on March 15 traffic (the first day of 2nd round games). This year, these numbers are sure to rise.
Of course, Hotspot Shield has other uses besides allowing you to watch the Tournament at work.
In 2011 at the onset of the Arab Spring, 100,000 Egyptians were using the software. When the Egyptian government blocked Twitter and Facebook to make riot organization more difficult, the next day the number of Egyptian users shot to over a million.