Bring Your Own Device or BYOD is now a common policy among corporations and businesses. As an employee, you are allowed to use your own devices instead of having to rely on devices provided by the company.

The approach is not without its challenges. For starters, you have to provide your own device and you are often left with having to use your personal device for work purposes. To make sure you don’t run into issues in the future, here are some preparations you need to make in this situation.

Activate Find My Device

Both Apple and Google have a built-in find-my-device feature that can be activated at any time. When you use the phone for work, make sure this feature is activated at all times. If you accidentally lose your device, you have the option to wipe it remotely rather than risk losing sensitive work-related information.

You also want to activate the tracking feature. This doesn’t always guarantee a safe recovery of your phone when you lose it, but you can at least gain more information about its whereabouts when the phone does get stolen or when it goes missing.

Use Encryption

Another built-in feature available to Android and iOS users is encryption. Even when you only use your phone for personal purposes, data encryption is a handy feature to have. It encrypts all data stored in the phone and prevents it from being accessed by unauthorized parties.

Activating encryption also means setting up an extra layer of security for your phone. You will be asked to set a passcode or activate the fingerprint scanner for unlocking the phone. Any extra layer of security you can add to the phone is a layer worth having.

Configure the Device

Before you can do SAP Sybase pivot or handle complex data management on your phone, you need the phone to be configured for business apps and solutions. Depending on the IT policy of the company, this could mean different things.

Some companies force you to use their own device policy manager, which means the company can remotely install and update business-related apps on your phone. This simplifies a lot of things, but it also means giving more control to the device admins. Remember that this is your personal device after all.

Other companies rely more on solutions from Google and Apple respectively. The solutions are less intrusive, but they still give the device managers a lot of control over your phone. Make sure you agree with how the device is configured before moving forward.

Using the Apps

Once the phone is set up, you can access business apps no matter where you are. Downloading reports, adding new entries to the sales database, and performing other advanced tasks are easier when you can rely on your phone.

Some solutions also include internal messaging system. You can work remotely and have video conferences easily. Remember that you still need to stick with phone security best practices, so lock your phone after each use and make sure you don’t misplace the phone after working in a coffee shop all day.

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