A recent NYTimesWirecutter article provided useful reminders of
what to take care in using employer sponsored or owned devices.
storing personal files on an employer-issued phone or computer.
If you’re fired, your laptop is usually the first thing it’ll take
from you, and if your company ends up in a lawsuit, any files
on your laptop or desktop are fair game.
you shouldn’t use a company-issued Google account to
store your private data.
non-Gmail employee email accounts, you can safely assume
they’re being monitored too.
avoid signing in to other personal messaging apps, like
Apple Messages or Google Hangouts. Not only would your
employer potentially have access to those messages, but you
also make yourself susceptible to embarrassing moments,
like receiving a private message when you’re screen sharing.
If you want to trash-talk your co-workers or your company,
do it over a third-party app
avoid doing any personal business—like side hustles or
hobbies—on your work computer.
Maleeff also suggested locking your computer when you
step away from it. “I have a great story of a U.S. government
employee traveling next to me on Amtrak [who] left his
laptop open and unlocked while he left his seat,” Maleeff
said. “Without even touching the computer, I was able to
determine a lot of information.” If you’re at a coffee shop,
on an airplane or train, or anywhere else in public, log
out or shut your laptop.