I was just having a conversation with someone about this the other day. In the US, when your employer issues you a computer, or a smartphone, as part of your job, they own everything on that device. Storing your own information on it, makes that information accessible to your employer pretty much whenever they want to collect it. Think about that…
These days, many companies provide employees with a variety of work devices from smartphones to laptops and even tablets to complete their work with. Company IT departments usually set them up with your login information, a selection of important apps and all the bells ’n’ whistles that allow you to successfully do your job.
Somewhere around day five on the job is usually when we start updating the device with our own preferences: changing the screen saver to a picture of your pet, logging into your Spotify account to queue up the perfect “working late” playlist, checking Facebook for the news of the day (oh, and to say Happy Birthday to that friend from high school), and so on and so on.
However, cyber security experts say that weaving your personal and professional lives together via a work laptop is risky business — for you and the company.