Subtitle: Managing Technology For Your Business and Personal Life
I want to note that this is not looking at the Hillary Clinton email issue from a political point of view but rather from a perspective of privacy and a need to have both a separate business and personal email account.
A big concern is that Hillary Clinton co-mingled both her personal and business email. She admitted to using one email “for convenience”. I have separate email accounts for both personal and business. Yes at times the line between personal and business communication can be blurred but business email should be used only for business and personal email for personal use. Your business email account (particularly if you work for a large company) is likely to be more secure than your personal email account.
Recently Hilary Clinton admitted that she uses an iPhone. I have worked with people who have iPhones. They also access to both their personal and business email accounts on it. Some of these people, I have set up with access to a 2nd or a 3rd email account. Again she should have had separate personal and business email accounts.
Keep in mind that the company you work for has a right to and may be monitoring your activity on their computer including your online activity. Companies can not only see what websites you go to and all correspondence you do on your business email account but also can see your keystrokes. This is not illegal. That said, if you are accessing your personal email on a business computer, the company can obtain your log in data and what you are sending on your personal email account. Any personal email of a sensitive nature should wait until you are out of the office or done on your personal smartphone using your phone provider’s network not your company’s wireless network.
If you work for a company that has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, be careful of what you are signing. Many of these agreements allow for the company to take possession of your mobile device under certain circumstances. You should also see what your expectation of privacy on your mobile device is and what can your company monitor on it. Where companies provide their employees with a mobile device, they have the right to monitor usage on it. Again they conceivably could have access to your personal phone calls, email accounts, etc.
Bottom line: You need to have separate email accounts for both business and personal use. If your company has a BYOD policy, read whatever you sign regarding it very carefully. Your company may have certain rights to your phone where your personal information may be obtained by them. Consider that anything you do with company issued technology can be tracked by your employer.
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