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By Sam Boykin CHARLOTTE — The Internet is a tempting distraction for many employees, so it’s no wonder a growing number of companies are concerned about employees wasting time and resources surfing online. A recent study by America Online and Salary.com found that workers waste an average of more than two hours each day, most of it surfing the Web. Ben Yarbrough, CEO of Charlotte-based Calyptix Security, said his company has the perfect solution for business owners concerned about workers’ productivity. While it’s doubtful that occasionally updating a Facebook profile will bankrupt a company, many believe such activity can have a serious financial impact. Awareness Technologies estimates the loss of productivity caused by Internet use costs American businesses $85 billion each year.

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