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How Not to Get Fired Over Internet Misuse at Work

It's 2009, and surfing the Web during work is pretty much an accepted activity, but take heed -- when you're on company time and dime, you may still want to stick to the straight and narrow. According to the 2009 Electronic Business Communication Policies & Procedures Survey, 26-percent of bosses have fired workers for e-mail violations and 52-percent have fired workers over inappropriate general Internet use. has posted some helpful pointers from the ePolicy Institute for employees who need to watch their Internet behavior. First, know that upper management is looking at your e-mail account. (If you're pretty sure they don't, just go ahead and assume anyway, because a shocking 66-percent of bosses monitor employees' Internet connections and an additional 43-percent watch workers' e-mails.)

Secondly, if you use a company computer, don't forget that it's not your personal space. When accessing your own e-mail or social networking account, you are forfeiting your right to privacy. Save Facebook for later.

Lastly, while the First Amendment might protect your blog in the courtroom, it won't protect you in the boardroom. Private companies can fire you for just about anything, including status updates. [From: Examiner, ePolicy Institute]

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