What to Ask IT Before Choosing BYOD


BYOD (bring your own device) is great. There is something great about having access to your work information anywhere you are. If a coworker calls you while you’re out with questions, all of your emails and files can be right at your fingertips. Especially if you’re in a position where you are out of the office most of the time, BYOD is a godsend.

While there are a ton of perks to BYOD, there are also things to be aware of. Security breaches and computer hacks are occurring left and right these days, which can put your devices at risk if a privacy infringement occurs to your company. In addition, your IT department may have access to anything you do on your device.


Before opting in to or becoming a part of a BYOD work model, there are some questions you will want to ask.

1. What permissions am I giving you on my device?

IT Business Edge states that, “In many cases, employers are overreaching by requiring employees to give permission for IT to reconfigure their device, or remote wipe the device – including personal data –  and not providing any guarantee of privacy.”

2. What privacy am I giving up with BYOD?

Your company may have access to and/or monitor your personal emails, apps, and web history on a company device. For complete transparency, it is best to have both parties (you and IT) clearly distinguish what is/is not private when using your device.

3. Is my personal data safe from accidental delete or wipe if/when I leave the company?

Your company will likely wipe your device when you leave the company, and with that goes your personal photos, contacts, and other data. It is important to regularly back up your information on these devices to ensure that your personal data is not lost or removed without your consent.

4. Are there any apps or devices I may not use?

If your company wants business done on company-provided devices only, this is something you will need to know to avoid issues or conflicts in the future. In addition, there may be certain apps or software programs your company wants your devices to have or remove before using your technology for work-related purposes.

5. Will you be managing my entire device or only corporate-related data and apps?

Some company’s may opt to manage the entire device, meaning they have access to anything you do on the device. If that’s the case, you must keep in mind that all calls, texts, pictures, videos, snapchats, contacts, apps, and so on can be monitored or accessed by your company. In these cases, it’s best to keep all personal information off of these devices.

If the answers to these BYOD questions do not jive with you, there may be a resolution for you. If you are required to have a device, use your company device for work only and your personal device solely for personal use. By keeping all information, all accounts, and anything else separate on these two devices, you can cut down on your personal data being infringed upon in the case of a company-wide breach.

In some instances, though, you may be unable to avoid cutting out every piece of personal data on your work device. A perfect example of this is if you run your company’s social media accounts, in which some need to be linked to an actual person’s account. If the account must be linked to your personal page, it is best to remember the cardinal rules of social media posting. Keeping your digital presence in check will keep your information (and in some cases, your self) safer and private.