With the advent of technology, the increase in workload and lessen of time, most companies and organizations give their employees the upper hand by providing them with personal computers, laptops, and even smartphones or digital notebooks, to get company and official work completed even when the employee is not at the workplace.
This often turns out to be a tempting idea as getting a free gadget on your hands tempts you to use it in your own favor, even though it’s the company’s and not yours.
However, stop before you do any personal action on your work computer, as it may not be as personal as you consider it to be.
Since employees spend the most time on their work computers, it becomes natural when they end up doing personal work there as well, and often allowing the device to save or ‘remember’ your passwords seems to be an easy way out to save time.
However, it is important to keep in mind that this computer is the company’s and everything one does with it, every personal information shared is stored in the organization’s technical systems.
So it is of utmost importance to keep your private information, private.
Keeping your company’s computer on all times provides you with a host of facilities which including using social networking sites or online chat platforms as a means of communicating with other employees.
It should be kept in mind that social networking sites also have a storage of all your personal chat discussions, so be very careful what you are sharing when using a company computer.
Often it is tempting to log into free wifi zones, be it in your neighboring restaurant or retail store if you really need to get work done.
However, such wifi bearers may pose fraudulent activities.
It is advised not to share critical data over such internet connections as it is a common method for con men to hoard personal data.
Using the company laptop frequently makes it easy for employees to manage two platforms at once, both work as well as personal.
However, while it is ethically not correct to store personal data on your company computer, it is not safe also. Even when offsite, remember it is the property of the organization and it will have access to every information you store. You never know in whose hands your information lies.
Many of us may have other side or odd jobs apart from the company.
Never share the details of your other job on your company computer, as the organization has access to every detail you share and a dispute with your boss might become inevitable.
However advantageous it may seem, always be on your guard when using the gadgets provided by your company.
After all, your work life and personal life should never be mingled together for your own safety and privacy.