What to do if you’re caught surfing porn at work

Should this ever happen to you, like it did to me, the first thing you want to do is not get mad or defensive. 

Yes, this is super embarrassing.  But know that most companies are monitoring what’s going over the network.  They automatically flag traffic and send it to the network administrators. 


Dennis told me that once he brought some young adults into the office for a tour at Yahoo! years ago.

And when he went to the bathroom, one of them thought it would be funny to visit a porn site from his computer.

That next morning, he was called into his boss’ office and was nearly fired over it, even though he didn’t do it, and even though the visit was for only a few seconds.


I was surfing porn incognito, which is not safe. Not only can you still get viruses from surfing porn incognito, but the network still knows it’s your computer.


If you’re unfortunate enough to get caught, take a deep breath and own up to it. Accept responsibility.

I made the mistake of trying to fight it, claiming that companies shouldn’t be monitoring employees, that it was illegal, and that most of the porn surfing was not during work hours. 

 
Doesn’t matter.  If it’s on company equipment or using the company network, it’s company property and company time.

It was both in my case.
Another thing to watch out for is time-tracking software.

If you’re going to surf porn, make sure to turn off that software. Otherwise, you’re broadcasting which sites you’re visiting.

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