Corporate owned phone

gentlepplpleaser

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Hi First post

I apologize if this has been asked in the past.

Can my employer control "everything" on my phone (company owns the phone iPhone 5s.)

I can retrieve my work emails through the exchange server on the phone and agreed they could remotely wipe the phone if they deemed necessary.

My question is that when I am not on their server (I.e sitting in the office on THEIR WIFI network) can they see what I browse elsewhere? Example, I am at home on MY paid for wifi through the cable company at my house, can the track the web browser traffic while I am at home? And no , I'm not concerned about racy sites, just job searching but on my current employees phone, but doing it on my personal wifi.

Make sense ?
I have a great solution for you, BK12134! I know how annoying it can be that companies can monitor your phone. Do you have a Smart Phone? Iphone or Android? There's this really great app I use ( I have an iPhone and it works seamlessly) called DSTRUX and you can get it for free at the app store... and the website says some more information about it www.dstrux.com you can control your own files and stuff.... set a timer to get them to self-destruct if you don't want your private information floating around... Give it a shot and let me know what you think!
 

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I have a great solution for you, BK12134! I know how annoying it can be that companies can monitor your phone. Do you have a Smart Phone? Iphone or Android? There's this really great app I use ( I have an iPhone and it works seamlessly) called DSTRUX and you can get it for free at the app store... and the website says some more information about it. you can control your own files and stuff.... set a timer to get them to self-destruct if you don't want your private information floating around... Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

The thing is, it's not his phone. It's the company's phone - they're lending it to him for work use.

Putting personal files / info on a work phone should be a big no-no.
 

Lexluethar

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And installing an app like that would definitely raise a red flag if you worked at my company. We don't even allow jail broken devices to sync with our environment.
 

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The thing is, it's not his phone. It's the company's phone - they're lending it to him for work use.

Putting personal files / info on a work phone should be a big no-no.

This.

It's a damn work phone. It's not for installing Angry Birds. It's not for browsing the internet at home. It's a phone so you can call your colleagues, use work related apps, and have access to email.

You really don't want to be doing anything on your workphone other than work, it's highly likely that its in your employee handbook or ToS, and if they ever want to get rid of some people to save money, they'll just use it as an excuse to fire you.

Now OP, if your work don't mind you doing any of the above, then fine. But you need to find out for sure first, find out what their exact policy is.

As for the mobile device management stuff, well I spend a lot of my day doing this stuff. Here is what I can personally see and do using AirWatch MDM (your work will probably use something else with different features):

Track your phones location every 15 minutes
Track your data, phone and sms usage
Track your battery life, cell coverage
View every app installed on your phone
Remotely upload files, documents, apps to your phone and install them
Wipe your device
Change your password/pincode
Restrict data usage, restrict what websites you can go on (our phones connect to our Proxy over the internet for web filtering)
Check log files for apps
Browse the entire phone file system, all system folders, application folders and so on.

So basically pretty much everything.

Oh and as for installing apps to circumvent it. If it's anything like our place, we blacklist every app except the ones used for work. Even if you try and install something, it won't let you. Whether it be off the play store or an APK you got from elsewhere.
 
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1etherer

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We monitor the same stuff, we mainly check if people are getting around are security and if so, I remotely wipe the apps or amend the loopholes
 

Sean.

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They probably don't proactively search the content. Most places will monitor and log activity deemed suspicious and if something were to occur like a security breech or someone leaving the company they would look back at those log files.

I'm not sure what position you are in at your current company, but i assure you it is not a waste of time or money. If a partner in your company siphoned off millions of dollars worth of business to his side business it would be worth every bit of a few grand to implement a solution that would help protect the business.

I don't disagree with you there. however I was suggesting that monitoring your phone for no reason other than just personal interest would increase the risk of this process being non profitable. An easy solution would be to just be straight with your employer and don't beat around the bush "can I use this for personal use too?". That's what I asked and the answer was simple "yes".
 

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I don't disagree with you there. however I was suggesting that monitoring your phone for no reason other than just personal interest would increase the risk of this process being non profitable. An easy solution would be to just be straight with your employer and don't beat around the bush "can I use this for personal use too?". That's what I asked and the answer was simple "yes".

Keep in mind that "personal use" being allowed usually still means limited personal use. I wouldn't go watching porn on it or streaming movies from Netflix. Personal phone calls and light web browsing on acceptable sites may be allowed, but likely not games or anything like that. Apps tend to request far too many permissions that they don't need and IT departments don't like them to have.
 

Sean.

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Yes I agree lol �� no adult sites obviously. You would have to be mad to browse sites like that on a company phone. I use mine for limited personal use i.e. family only, oh and replying to posts on this forum which i think is awesome by the way Otherwise its business as usual.
 

setishock

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I'd keep a smaller personal phone in my pocket for just that, personal use. They make them so small now a days that wouldn't present a problem.
 
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