Privacy Practices When Using Office Computer

Privacy Tips On Using Computers At Your Office

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A brief discussion about your safe usage of computer in your office.

What's up everyone this is Jonathan. Today I'll be discussing about the safe usage of computer on your office or your workplace or wherever you are working and you are using a computer provided by your employer or the company where you are working.

First thing first, bear in mind that it is not your computer. It's your employer's computer. They can do whatever they want to on that computer, or whatever it is that pleases them, or on what is good for the company.

Note: I'll just discuss here the "privacy" matters involving your usage of computer not the safety precaution that will harm you physically. I'll be discussin things here based on my own experience as an I.T. in a private company.

First of all, as I have mentioned earlier it is not your computer so do not put anything in it about your personal life.

It may not be good in the future if something bad happens between you and the company that you are working for because it can be used against you. Or someone in your company can use it to blackmail you.

So putting up some of your personal stuff in that computer is a BIG NO to me.

As an I.T. I have seen a lot of computers being littered with personal stuffs and it's not pretty. You can put your company outing pictures there if you want to or if it's okay with the company policy or with your boss or with your manager. And how am I seeing those things you may ask?

Once in a while computer broke up that's when I come in. And while I am looking to the reason why the computer broke up it's always almost accidental for me to come accross those personal things since Windows these days have a thumbnail preview on a folder.

If you are using your computer for email purposes and if you are using your personal email to communicate outside then do not let the browser save your password if it offered you to save your password for the first time.

If you accidentally saved your password then you have to look at the settings of your browser then erase it.

If your employer gave you a corporate e-mail to use to communicate inside and outside of the company do not use it for your personal purposes for security and personal purposes. Most companies these days do not prohibit you in logging-in your personal e-mail on their computer for your personal purposes.

If your company let's you use social networking sites during your breaktime then do not let your browser save your password because a skilled computer user can peek at your password in that computer.

If also your company let's you browse the internet during break time then it is best to clear your browsing history "everytime" before you close your browser, because once again a skilled and cunning computer user can peek at your browsing history and they can use it against you.

The next that I am going to mention is hilarious, DO NOT install any games on a computer owned by your employer. It's a big NO. Haha. Believe it or not I still find computer here on my current employer being installed with games.

Imagine if your manager or your boss found out that the computer that you are using is filled with games. Believe me you it will not be a big deal the moment once they saw it, BUT, it will be a big deal about your performance.

Why I am saying that it is not a big deal? Because high ranking official on an offie tends to make a joke out of it once they saw, that's how sometimes an office environment works, but later on it will be remembered when performance evaluation comes.

Another good practice to get used to when you are using your employer's computer is to have a password so that you are the only one that can access your office works on that computer.

Having a password on your office computer does not make you secure when you put personal stuffs on that computer.

Always lock your computer before you go into a break or go some places on your office.

That's it for now guys. I will updated this article as soon as I have something to add into it.


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  • destinykst  25-02-2017
    Hey thanks for your valuable input on the most important topic that is safety while using computers. Really very informative and I will keeps for advice in mind. Nowadays personal data are used to blackmail people and its becoming risky so we need to be safe on our side.
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  • angelite9  24-02-2017
    Always interested in your articles. They contain useful info that makes us aware of the dangers and security of technology which is a part and parcel of our daily lives.
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