Companies have every right to monitor employee surfing habits if they have reason to suspect that one of their staff is up to no good.

According to the latest PC Advisor web site poll more than half of respondents (54.1%) indicated that the tracking of staff was justified if an employer had cause to suspect abuse.

Less than a fifth (17.8%) of those who voted felt that such a move would constitute and invasion of privacy.

That was considerably less than the 26.8% of respondents who indicated bosses should be able to monitor surfing habits as a matter of course.