Is Your Personal Device Personal?

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Company device for personal usage
Mydesign   11/15/2012 3:53:32 AM
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Richard, but it seems that most of the peoples have a tendency to use official mobile for personal use because the expenses incurred will be borne by company. More over most of the peoples won't like to carry two devices at a time, due to inconvenience.

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Re: Personal devices are familiar
Mydesign   11/15/2012 3:58:14 AM
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Charles, another reason is everybody may not be willing to share their personal contact info with unknown or strange peoples. So they will give only company official contact details. Even I do share my personal contact details only with family and close related peoples, all others with company contact details (mobile number).

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My personal device
William K.   11/15/2012 10:03:05 PM
I worked for a company that demanded that I have a cell phone. They also were willing to pay for the phone and the minutes. In three years of working there I had about ten minutes of personal calls and all of the rest was Methode's company communications.

The email was a different story. They were very slow to get me an email account, so for the first few months I had to use my personal account. What was funny, I thought, was that when I needed to have customers email me photos, they usually had to come to my NetZero account because the mailbox for my company account was to small for more than about three photos. The customers always got a laugh out of that revalation. I don't know if the company has changed that since I left.

At another employer it was impossible to erase an email from your mailbox, which eventually caused problems. My workaround was to access that directory outside of the email program and open the file with my text editor. While the file could not be deleted, the contents could be erased and then the empty file saved. That reduced the size of the files enough to solve the memory problems. But it did take time. And I never used that email connection for anything except company business. One's email at that place was not private at all. It was written into the contract.

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bobjengr   12/26/2012 2:10:38 PM
Great point TJ.  I do contract engineering work and one client requires certain employees to have "smart phones".    There are multiple buildings within the manufacturing complex and most of the "engineering and quality control types" cycle on a daily basis from building to building.  Management likes to know where we are.  It's basically our only communication system unless we are in the main building.  No intercom at all.   They do not provide "company" phones for individuals other than the three owners.  The expense is our own "nickel".  The very fact these mobile devices could be involved in the "act of discovery" never crossed my mind.  Great point and one that I will definitely have to consider going forward. 

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