I’ve been a metal recruiter since 1995. That was the year Windows 95 was released and AOL started to reign supreme as more and more people purchased PCs. Most companies at that point didn’t even have websites let alone email addresses.
We now live in world that is constantly connected. As a result, the world feels a little smaller and moves a little faster. We also tend to take this for granted. Working from the car, the grocery store or even the beach (really? At least try to take a break) is common place.
As we get smarter and more productive, so do employers and IT. For years, I’ve preached to candidates that YOU HAVE NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY ON COMPANY EMAILS. People sometimes reach out to me via company email and I always ask are you sure? They say, “oh yeah, no one monitors”. Well that may be true but what if the servers themselves can automatically flag emails to or from certain addresses.
And while you’re connected to your companies WI-FI, there is nothing stopping them from monitoring what sites you visit. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. They might not be able to access your account, but they can see what sites you visit.
My advice is to be smart. When you’re at work, use your phone instead of the company PC and make sure you’re using cellular data.
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