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Fatal distraction: 7 IT mistakes that will get you fired
It's hard to get a good job in IT these days, but it's all too easy to lose one.
There are lots of reasons for instant termination. Failure to fulfill your obligation to protect your employer's digital assets or abusing your vast powers for your own nefarious ends are two sure ways to end up on the unemployment line. You could be fired for opening your mouth at the wrong time or not opening your mouth at the right one. Spying on the boss, lying to your superiors, or being directly responsible for the loss of millions of dollars in downtime through your own negligence are all excellent ways to end up on the chopping block.
Everyone messes up at some point. But some screwups are almost always fatal -- to jobs, if not entire careers. Here are seven true tales of IT pros who screwed up big and got fired quick -- even if some were terminated for the right reasons. The names have been withheld to protect the guilty. Don't let their fatal mistakes become yours.