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By Ric Blackwell email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Recent studies show the average person surfs the net at work for one to two hours for personal reasons and not for work duties. We're talking about personal sites - like keeping in touch with friends on Facebook, shopping on eBay, or watching videos on YouTube.

According to the Palm Beach Post, 13 West Palm Beach city employees find themselves out of work Tuesday morning - not for surfing the net, but for what they were looking at.

West Palm Beach spokesman Peter Robbins says three people were fired and 10 resigned after their investigation.

A lot of companies use Spyware programs. These programs can tell employers everything you do online down to what key you hit and when you hit it.

According to the Post, the inappropriate material found on city computers ranged from sexual content to religious slurs, and that was in violation of city policy.

You need to be careful at work by staying away from racy sites. And when you go into e-mail, be careful when you open up attachments. If someone sends you something, you open it up at work, you are responsible for what's in that e-mail.

Bottom line: be aware. Think you're surfing in private in your cubicle - wrong. Just assume your boss knows exactly what you're seeing online.

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