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IT workers said the surfing was better at work

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Two employees at North Carolina Central University and one at North Carolina State University have been fired for downloading pornography.

The workers also downloaded movies, music, games and software. One of the workers allowed a friend to use his university-owned computer to download music.

NC Central uncovered the misuse during an internal review, which revealed that hundreds of movies had been downloaded over the past three years. Some were hidden in the universities’ networks. NC Central Chancellor Charlie Nelms reported the abuse to UNC system administrators, who turned the matter over to the North Carolina Office of the State Auditor.

The employees, who worked in the universities’ information technology departments, told investigators they liked using the university computer networks because they were faster than their personal computers.

Note: A study by the American Management Association and the ePolicy Institute showed that nearly one-third of managers have fired workers for misusing the Internet. Of those, 84% said the employees had downloaded pornography. For advice on managing employee computer use, check out the ePolicy web site at www.epolicyinstitute.com.

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