BYOD to Work: How to Stay Safe


In the working world, it’s rare to not bring your own device (BYOD) to work with you. That includes your personal smartphone which you use to plan your leisure time and communicate with loved ones, or your laptop, which you like to work from in the workplace and once you return home.

In either case, you need to ensure that your devices are secure and unlikely to bring viruses into the workplace. Meanwhile, you’ll want to make certain that your devices will not become infected through association with other work devices. This article goes into some detail as to how you can avoid these misfortunes befalling your personal devices.

Good Habits, Good Education

You can train yourself to be safer when you’re using the Internet and engaging in the use of digital tools like your personal devices. A quick read through some of the leading online advice platforms will help you understand your responsibilities in this space, which include:

  • Being careful with your passwords and not sharing them with anybody
  • Keeping your sign-ins safe through two-factor authentication
  • Ensuring that your devices are never connected to external Wi-Fi or networks
  • Guarding your device from spam, phishing, and other materials you can pick up and download online

With all of this knowledge, you’ll be better prepared to protect your personal devices in the workplace.

Talk to Bosses

You should also make sure that you’re operating under the proper scrutiny from your bosses, should you feel the need to bring in devices from your home to your workplace. Consult with them about your use of devices and give them the opportunity to lay down some ground rules, and to advise you on protection. In this sense, it’s also worth talking to your IT team to see if they have any specific and technical advice for you.

Download Security

There’s a chance that your workplace cybersecurity systems are available to download and use from your personal devices. This is especially important if you are indeed using personal devices for work as a laptop or a tablet to edit documents and connect to your workplace software suites. In these cases, it pays to be connected to the same cybersecurity systems as your workplace, like the CASB package offered by McAfee. It’ll provide a holistic package of benefits for your devices, keeping them safe —along with workplace devices— across the months and years of their use.

Be Skeptical

Finally, the advice on device security is always to be skeptical. Take the time to question your sources and expect the worst from dodgy-looking emails and other downloads that look like a potential infection on your device. With the knowledge you’ve gleaned from educating yourself on some of the biggest cybersecurity issues of the day, you’ll be able to be critical of the information and downloads you experience when browsing the web, enabling you to be picky with the sites you visit, the emails you open, and the materials you download.

Be sure to follow these tips to ensure that your personal devices remain secure and safe to use in the workplace for many months to come.