The concept of online privacy protection doesn’t just apply to you as a consumer — it also extends into your workplace. Continued technological advances have made the modern workplace twice as efficient. Different types of software help facilitate everyday tasks, automate tedious processes, and connect coworkers across cities and states.
Today, employees don’t just use the internet to conduct research and send emails, they also use it to hold video meetings, process payroll, and share documents. But the more companies are reliant on technology, the bigger an issue online privacy protection becomes.
Tips to protect your privacy at work:
• Find out if your company is monitoring you
Anything that you do on your work computer can be monitored. Your office computer might be logging all keystrokes and taking regular screenshots. Companies monitor employee activities to ensure that they don’t disclose any confidential information to third parties. It also helps curb issues of workplace sexual harassment. Read the company policy on employee privacy to know what they monitor.
• Separate work and personal devices
If you want to check social media in office, it’s best to check it on your own device using your own network. This will make sure your social media activity is not monitored. However, using your office hours for personal use may still be considered wrong so you can use your break time for that.
• Use different passwords
Don’t use the same password for your office email and personal email. While the employee monitoring activities are done with good intentions, the people who monitor your data might not always be very ethical. They can see your office email passwords. Make sure your personal and work passwords are different.
• Think about your social media presence
The line is often blurred between our professional and personal identities when it comes to social media. There is nothing necessarily wrong with that, but it is worth being conscious of it so you think twice before you say something online which could get you, or your employer, in trouble.