Companies know that they need tech-savvy employees with access to mobile devices. At the same time, many businesses don’t want to spend money on smartphones and tablets. This combination of factors encourages many organizations to adopt Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. With BYOD, companies get the benefits of mobile technology without spending as much money on devices.
BYOD has become pretty popular in some industries. Nearly 75 percent of companies that work in financial services, for example, have BYOD policies. Overall, at least 72 percent of organizations support BYOD. They may not use it, but they’re thinking about it.
BYOD works well for most businesses, but many employees have concerns about using their personal phones for work. Some people worry that BYOD will affect their work-life balance. Others worry about giving employers access to personal information.
There are several things that you can do to protect yourself. If you don’t want your smartphone to disrupt your work-life balance, tell your manager that you will turn off the device during certain hours. This allows you to spend time with your family and friends instead of thinking about work.
If your company wants to install apps on your smartphone, you should learn how to reset the device to remove data that you don’t want managers to see. Resetting an iPhone 7 from T-Mobile will erase all data on the device to help ensure no one invades your privacy.
Learn more about the pros and cons of BYOD by checking out the following infographic. It explains some of the security concerns that employers and employees should think about before committing to a BYOD program.