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Is Big Brother watching you?

Is Big Brother watching you?
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Have you ever had that funny feeling that someone is watching you? At work, it’s probably true – here are the signs you need to look out for.

You have a boss

You have a boss
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Workplace experts estimate that approximately 94 percent of employers spy on their employees in one way or another, reports Wired. That means that if you have a boss, you should probably proceed with the assumption that your boss is spying on you. So now, the questions you should be asking are what method is your employer using and how can you tell?

You use a key card

You use a key card
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In the pre-digital days, the office receptionist might have been keeping track of your comings and goings and reported them to the boss. These days, the key card you use to get into your building and/or office tells the whole story of where you’ve been, for how long, and even with whom (assuming your colleagues are using their key cards, too).

You have an ID number or code

You have an ID number or code
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Your timesheets or punchcards are another source of info. If the copy machine requires a code, you can bet your boss knows who is using it and for what. With the key cards, work-issued smartphones and computers linked through local area networks used at businesses these days, surveillance is a given.

You see surveillance cameras

You see surveillance cameras
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These are a dead giveaway that your boss is monitoring your comings and goings. “Video recording is a relatively old yet still very popular way of watching you at the workplace,” according to experts at resumeperk.com, a resume assistance service. The site notes that while audio recordings aren’t legal, video recordings are.

The employee handbook says so

The employee handbook says so
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Your company handbook may disclose your employer’s surveillance policies, according to Forbes. For example, many companies state that your computer is to be used by you for business purposes only, and is thus subject to monitoring. If that’s the case, behave as if you’re always being watched.

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You use a company-owned and/or -issued device

You use a company-owned and/or -issued device
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Any device that your company gives you access to for the purpose of your job should be considered a potential tool for spying, according to Paul Bischoff, a privacy advocate at Comparitech.com. That includes smartphones, pagers, tablets and laptops. Maybe slap your notes down on paper – Shakespeare’s laptop – every once in a while.

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You use your work-email account

You use your work-email account
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If your boss issued you an email account, then everything you send and receive on that account is subject to your boss’s surveillance, regardless of how and where you access that email – even if you’re accessing the account on your own smartphone, laptop or home computer, Bischoff told Money. As with your computer, you should consider your office email belongs to your work.

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You use the office WiFi network

You use the office WiFi network
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Bischoff notes that when you log into your office Wifi network, you’re opening yourself up to surveillance, even if you’re using a personal computer or device. So if you go to the trouble of bringing a personal laptop to the office for use on personal matters, consider using a personal hotspot from your own smartphone to bypass the company WiFi monitoring.

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Your work has an IT department

Your work has an IT department
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You can ask someone you consider “trustworthy” who works in the IT department whether and to what extent your boss is spying on you, via spyware and otherwise, suggests resumeperk.com. They may tell you; however, they may also tell your boss you asked. Proceed with caution.

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