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Look Both Ways by Linda Criddle

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Chapter 8. Step 5: Don’t Expose Yourself Through Instant Messaging

Jim just started working in the accounting department at an international high-tech company. Coming from a job in the more conservative publishing industry, he was impressed by all the technology people used in their work. The company provided all employees in his division with smartphones or PDAs for instant messaging, accessing the company’s wireless network to read e-mail on the run, and tracking contacts and appointments.

By the end of his second week, Jim had received many requests from people asking to be on his IM buddy list, so getting two more wasn’t surprising. Thinking these were from co-workers, he clicked Accept. When he turned on the phone Saturday morning to show ...

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