Yesterday, my boss looked over my shoulder and saw that I was chatting with a coworker in another building about a situation that had just happened and that I would soon deal with. I was also had an IM screen open with another coworker in another room, and had asked her some questions about a travel claim I was doing.
My boss freaked out on me -- not because she thought I was wasting time chatting with friends and not working (which I wasn't) but because my computer could get hacked through the instant messenger.
I used to have Google Talk downloaded on my computer, but was told to get rid of it because the download could be dangerous. Now, I use web-based Google Talk or, more recently, www.meebo.com.
My question is -- are my boss and IT guy correct? Can I get hacked because I use instant messaging? If so, would I have to be in contact with the hacker? Would I have to accept a file transfer?
Any help you all can give me would be great.