No. It’s not your imagination. Somebody’s creepy eyes really are always watching you.

In the world we live in today, it’s getting harder and harder to keep a low profile. Even if you’ve sworn off Facebook. Given twitter the book. And kicked instagram to the curb. If you’re connected in any way to any kind of device that connects you to the interwebs, somebody is always watching.

This is especially true if you work for anyone who provides you with work issued smartphones, tablets, PCs and laptops. Most companies will tell you that anything you do on their company-issued hardware gives them the right to keep tabs on you. And some don’t say a word. Either way, you can best believe that they can and do monitor your online activities, so, keep that in mind when you’re surfing the web on devices that aren’t your own.

I’ve often wondered what it would be like for a company to actually confront an employee about their webscapades. What would it take for a company to tell an employee that they know what they’re up to and they have the digital evidence to back it up? What are the triggers? What would it take for an employee to do to catch the eyes of Big Brother to the point that they would intervene and let them in on their Orwellian ways?

I’ve not yet tested those waters even though I’ve worked for several companies where I’ve been issued company hardware that was monitored from afar. Every time I’ve had that arrangement, I’ve limited my online activities to work-related shenanigans. But my curiosity has gotten the better of me, so the next company I work for that issues any web-ready device, I plan to go where I’ve never gone on work issued devices before. Just to see how deep down the rabbit hole I can go before I get my official notification that they’re officially onto me.

So, stay tuned, my manly compañeros . This is only the beginning. There’s more to come.

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