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    and that they are giving you print outs of the sites you have visited.
    That reminds me of the time... I was at the bank drive thru window, and the teller was so engrossed making travel arrangements on her computer, she didn't even see me drive up. Of course she apologized...
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    It could be that they don't want to risk viruses from people opening e-mails and going to questionable sites. It may be your time, but they are the company's computers.
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    You're probably right, Gut Especially if they don't want you to get online during lunch either. Years ago, I researched and wrote the computer usage policy for the law firm where I worked and I was shocked by the statistics I found on Internet usage in the work place. Something like 75% of all porn is accessed during working hours Also, we had people with no access to the Internet bringing in disks and installing programs and screensavers, etc. I can only imagine what they would have done with Internet access. We finally had to lock all the machines down so no one could install or change anything. We had several people get very indignant about us doing that to their computers. We had to remind them that it wasn't their computer.

    This same office also monitored phone usage and at least one employee was shown a HUGE stack of phone logs detailing hundreds of calls to his girlfriend. We're talking up to 6 calls a day! The guy didn't even have the sense to be embarrassed. He just started crowing about invasion of privacy, which was a load of bull. A lot of offices make you sign a no privacy agreement now, which means the only place you have any right to privacy is in the restroom.

    It sounds like they're just gunning for people in your office, MRD. Even with that warning, I'm sure someone will still keep using the Internet. That might be a good thing, actually. They can fire that person and then give you back your hours!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter;4077407;
    It could be that they don't want to risk viruses from people opening e-mails and going to questionable sites. It may be your time, but they are the company's computers.
    Yes, I don't want to sound judgmental but this is a common way to get rid of someone (if they want to). It's called misuse of company resources - their equipment and their property. Same applies to phones/voice mail and fax machine. Everything can be tracked -the delete key is essentially worthless.

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    It's not just me or my office. There are 15000 employees nationwide. They eliminated whole departments we found out today so am lucky they only cut my hours. Then the CEO announced today they've acquired 2 new franchises. Nothing like shopping when you can't pay your bills. I didn't do a lot of Internet usage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog;4077589;
    It's not just me or my office. There are 15000 employees nationwide. They eliminated whole departments we found out today so am lucky they only cut my hours. Then the CEO announced today they've acquired 2 new franchises. Nothing like shopping when you can't pay your bills. I didn't do a lot of Internet usage.
    What? No checking on FORT? That's my biggie!

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    I checked my personal email and my bank balance. I was on FORT and facebook a couple times. I've been in training so haven't had that much time to play at work. And I read the employee manual that said they monitor usuage. Now that I have an iPhone I just use that. It's more private. My boss requested to be my facebook friend. I declined and invited her to my "professional" facebook page as I do not add coworkers, clients or kids under 18 to my page. She was put out, but that's MY spot away from work and she isn't a friend. Oh well she can get over it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter;4077407;
    It could be that they don't want to risk viruses from people opening e-mails and going to questionable sites. It may be your time, but they are the company's computers.
    Speaking from personal experience this is a big part of it, another big part is security. I work for a data entry company and we deal with sensitive information, SSN's, etc. Only the bosses are allowed internet access for work related reasons. They do it because of the PCI compliance laws. It's kind of like HIPPA but for financial institutes. We also can't have cell phones on the floor. A few of my employees had a fit but it is for the good of the company. If someone hacks into our system and gets ahold of just one SSN, we get fined $10,000 per incident. That would put our company under in no time. As harsh as this sounds, they were told that our company's well being is not worth your surfing time.
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    A friend of mine works for a small non-profit organization. A few months ago she was helping to plan her high school reunion, and her home computer was down. She logged onto her yahoo email acct from her office computer, then went to a website that had been set up by another committee member, and got a nasty virus that really messed up her office computer. Needless to say her boss wasn’t too happy. She wasn’t fired but she was ‘talked to’.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog;4077622;
    I checked my personal email and my bank balance. I was on FORT and facebook a couple times. I've been in training so haven't had that much time to play at work. And I read the employee manual that said they monitor usuage. Now that I have an iPhone I just use that. It's more private. My boss requested to be my facebook friend. I declined and invited her to my "professional" facebook page as I do not add coworkers, clients or kids under 18 to my page. She was put out, but that's MY spot away from work and she isn't a friend. Oh well she can get over it.
    Isn't it weird how some people are about friending and facebook? I live in a small, rural area where everyone knows everyone else (and their business, unfortunately). Plus, I meet a lot of people because I work at a local restaurant, so I'll get friend requests from someone that I'd hardly even call an acquaintance. I actually had someone stop me on the street and ask me when I was going to accept her friend request. I honestly didn't know the lady, but apparently I had waited on her one night in our restaurant. I was literally at a loss for words, which is extremely rare for me! I guess we live in a strange world.
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