BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : JULY 10, 2000 ISSUE
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Staying Out of Trouble


-- Know your company's written policy. Ask your boss what constitutes ''unreasonable'' or ''inappropriate'' use.

-- If you have any doubts about what personal Internet use your company allows, total abstinence is the best bet.

-- Use your own e-mail account instead of your company's for personal correspondence at work.

-- Limit personal surfing and e-mail to times clearly outside office hours.

-- Consider software to encrypt e-mail and use Web sites that let you surf anonymously. But such moves offer no legal protection--and can raise red flags with your employer.



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