If you haven’t heard of BYOD, it stands for Bring Your Own Device. The idea is simple, rather than your employer buying you new technology and software every 2-3 years, you buy whatever you need and your company gives you a stipend every month or annually for your technology needs.
It’s coming and it has many benefits. Until we get there though, please don’t forget that you leave a trail on your computer. A few key tips for those everyone who had a day job and something else that they are trying to make happen.
- Don’t use your work email for your personal business. This includes mailing lists, subscribing to advertisements, and also just trying to use it for communications with buyers/sellers/clients of your personal business.
- If you have a laptop that your employer owns, don’t use it to visit sites you wouldn’t visit in the office. It creates a trail that you were there.
I’ve dealt with both after employees have left and neither situation is good.
- If you travel for work, get your own laptop if you want to do anything non work related besides webmail and news. I’ve been pondering a Samsung Galaxy 5.0 Android MP3 Player as a great middle ground that I can keep with me at all times without adding that much extra weight.
- If you have your own personal business, get gmail or you