BYOD. It’s a fairly new concept in the commercial world. Companies asking you to bring your own device (BYOD). A policy asking you to provide your own smartphone or laptop. In the past if a company wanted you connected to them out side of the office they provided you with that technology. But today “everyone” has their own smartphone connected to the internet 24/7. Companies used to frown upon using your brought in device to access company data. This was a major security hole for them. You could unknowingly bring in a virus onto the network. Or worse yet steal company data. I think the shift came around 2008. Companies were looking for ways to get the most out of each employee. How to streamline expenses. If employees already had devices why bother providing them with one?
There are now services out there to help companies with their BYOD policies. I’ve just recently got a chance to play around with services like this. You can remove any proprietary documents, install/remove apps.
So what’s the point to my post here? How does this relate to you the home computer user? It’s something to chew on while you’re job hunting or shopping for your next phone. Make sure it’s something you can use every day as if it were part of your job because it might be!