Lots Of Porn Found On Work Computers
from the what-do-you-do-with-your-free-time? dept
A few years back, when I was working at a tech startup, we went through the usual "laptop shuffle" - someone higher up on the favor scale got a new laptop, and his old laptop (which was still newer than my laptop) shuffled on to me, and my laptop shuffled on to someone else. We weren't advanced enough to do anything such as cleaning out the laptop before passing it on, so I got to see all of this guy's bookmarks and cached sites - and discovered that the vast majority of them were porn sites. So, now I knew what he did with his free time at work. Before that, I honestly believed that people were smart enough not to surf porn at work (yes, yes, so naive). I guess it shouldn't be a huge surprise, then, that a survey of HR folks says that nearly two-thirds of HR people say they've discovered porn on employees' computers. Of course, this is an online poll, so the answers might not reflect anything like reality. Also, the poll only asks HR if they have discovered the porn - which could mean that, among the other third, there are plenty of employees surfing porn without being noticed by HR. Finally, since the poll only asks the HR people, there's no indication of just how many employees are surfing porn at work. Is everyone doing it, or is it just one careless person (like the guy who passed on his laptop to me) in each company?