IT Dojo: Protect your personal privacy at work

May 22, 2009, 4:39 AM PST | Length: 385


If you're laid off or leave your employer for another opportunity, you should take steps to ensure your own personal security. Bill Detwiler shares a few guidelines for personal security that you should follow, whether you're thinking about leaving or not. Once you’ve watched this IT Dojo video, you can find a link to the original TechRepublic article and print the tip from our IT Dojo Blog.

4 comments
dinadana
dinadana

What about using a usb key? I'm using it at work and think this is the best way. My software - ProteMac Logon Key. I work in advertising agency and stealing of your works - is normal practice in my business unfortunately(

kasim_75
kasim_75

Can't play video complete it just stops in between

donnakline
donnakline

The presentation offers good, sound tips. However, the most prudent approach to storing personal material on your work computer may be -- don't. For example, if you have friends who bombard their mailing list with questionable jokes, pictures etc. (and who doesn't have these friends?), use a private email account and don't access it from work. Racist or sexist (e.g. blonde jokes) humor can embarrass you and your company and might even show up as evidence in a court case on harassment. The District Attorney in Harris County, Texas (Houston) lost his job in part because of inappropriate "humorous" and political emails found on his office computer. So, it might be more prudent to keep your personal IM and email communications through the office computer to the shortest and most innocuous (e.g. "could you pick up the dry cleaning?").

bowenw
bowenw

So what is "questionable"? Who decides? Do we leave it to the lowest common denominator? Do we invoke the concept of the "heckler's veto"? All the above is happening today. The "protected groups" can say and/or do anything they wish, but let someone in one of the non-protected groups (such as white male hetrosexuals) object to something being done and they are decended on by the hounds of hell. I've read of numerous cases where this has been done (witness the engineer at GE a few years ago who was fired for objecting to pro-homo emails) AND I've seen it done with my own eyes. There is no place in the US Constitution where it states you have the "right not to be offended" but we've produced a couple of generations of thin-skinned, grevience monger pantywastes that think the world revolves around them and their "feelings". It is time to say ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!