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Watching pornographic content in the workplace is a habit among 25% of Brazilian men. This is a study by security firm Karspersky Lab in partnership with the Chilean market research consultancy CORPA, released last Thursday (17). Among Brazilian women, the lowest percentage (9%). Access to porn sites, as well as shopping online and opening personal email can pose business risks, such as theft of sensitive data and virus infection.

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Brazilians occupy second place in the ranking of Latin American men who consume adult content in the office Photo: Pond5Brazilians occupy second place in the ranking of Latin American men who consume adult content in the office Photo: Pond5

Brazilians occupy second place in the ranking of Latin American men who consume adult content in the office Photo: Pond5

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Employees who watch porn at work make their companies more vulnerable to cybercriminal attacks. According to the study, 17% of Chilean users infected with mobile malware in 2017 suffered attacks using pornographic themes. Porn video players, for example, often hide bank trojans. Moreover, it is noteworthy that the practice may characterize incontinence of conduct and generate dismissal for just cause, as stated in article 482 of the Consolidation of Labor Laws (CLT).

The survey was conducted among six Latin American countries. Peruvian men lead the ranking (26%), followed by Brazilians (24%), Mexicans and Argentines, with 19%. Chileans and Colombians are among those who least seek sexual content, with 14% and 12%, respectively. The least intense practice among women: Colombians top the list with 13%, followed by Peruvian (10%), Mexican and Brazilian, with 9%. Next come Argentina (7%) and Chilean (4%).

Consumption of pornography at work opens the door to stealing confidential data and infection Photo: Divulgao / Karspersky LabConsumption of pornography at work opens the door to stealing confidential data and infection Photo: Divulgao / Karspersky Lab

Consumption of pornography at work opens the door to stealing confidential data and infection Photo: Divulgao / Karspersky Lab

The viles of corporate security

In addition to the search for sexual content, Karspersky also evaluated other dangerous behaviors, such as shopping online at work. The survey shows that, on average, 42% of men adopt the practice, especially professionals between 25 and 34 years. In contrast, women between 18 and 24 years of age are those who buy less over the Internet during office hours.

Reading personal email and accessing social networks in the office also stand out as common and harmful habits. In Latin America, 73% of male and female workers read email at work and 49% post on their social networks. Of these, 40% do not come with major inconveniences and justify spending most of their day at work.

Although they may seem harmless at first glance, such attitudes may favor the leakage of confidential corporate data. Employees, being the end users, are the weakest link in the chain in cybersecurity as their bad online habits endanger corporate networks and confidential business data, Dmitry Bestuzhev, director of Kaspersky's research and analysis team, said in a statement. Lab for Latin America. An investigation conducted earlier this year revealed that employee neglect contributed to 46% of business incidents in 2017.

The risk of infection exists and is present on both adult websites and those that have nothing to do with pornography. In the case of the former, scammers are well prepared to attract users. However, preventing employees from accessing online pornography or suspicious applications is not an effective practice, Bestuzhev explained.