Those who work on a business computer sometimes use the device to perform personal tasks, such as checking social media or completing an online purchase. As harmless as they may seem, these actions can seriously harm employees. This is because employers can use special programs to monitor the activities of workers. Called bossware, these apps can track the number of clicks on the screen and even turn on the camera or microphone to spy on the user without them knowing.
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In Brazil, there are still no specific regulations for this type of digital tool, but some features present in the software may violate the General Data Protection Law (LGPD). However, it is ideal to be careful when using a professional computer to avoid warnings and even rejections. Having that on mind, TechTudo he listed seven things that many people do on their desktop computer but shouldn’t. Check it out below.
The sheet brings together seven things that many people have been doing on their desktop computer, but they shouldn’t; see — Photo: Reproduction/Unsplash
During working hours, it is common for employees to take a break and use the opportunity to check social networks on the computer. However, if your device is monitored by bossware, this action may be interpreted as negligence in performing functions. This can lead to warnings and, in extreme cases, even dismissal for cause.
Logging into personal accounts on a work computer is risky — Photo: Melissa Cruz / TechTudo
In addition, many employees forget to turn off their accounts after use, which can pose a risk to the privacy and security of personal information. Since the used computer belongs to the company, any other employee can later use it and access open social networks. In this way, the user is exposed to intrusions and his password can be changed or stolen.
2. Store personal photos or files
Another common but not recommended action is to keep personal photos and videos saved on the company computer. In addition to taking up space on the device, these documents are exposed to anyone who accesses the computer. If an employee is fired, for example, they may end up forgetting to delete these files in time. Therefore, the next user who uses the computer will have access to all the personal files that were stored there, compromising the privacy of the first user.
Keeping personal files stored on your work computer is not recommended — Photo: Reproduction/Unsplash
3. Shop on e-commerce
E-commerce purchases require entering and registering confidential information such as address, CPF and bank details. These data, if they are registered in the computer browser, can be retrieved and used by another user to perform transactions without the holder’s consent. In addition, an employee may unknowingly access malicious online stores and contract malicious software. This means that information present on the company’s computer, sometimes confidential, is exposed to cybercriminals.
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4. Performing side jobs
To supplement their income, many people do side jobs, as freelancers. The problem in this case is to use the company’s computer for this. Generally, companies manufacture devices exclusively for business purposes, so the user is not allowed to use the computer for leisure or personal activities. For example, if a computer is monitoring bossware, an employee could be detected and alerted.
Using a computer to do odd jobs can have serious consequences — Photo: Reproduction/Unsplash
5. Watch porn, series, movies and football matches
As harmless as it may seem, using your work computer to watch an episode of a show or check the score of a football game can get you fired with just cause. In this case, the justification would be negligence while holding office. Using a professional computer to view pornography is also common, especially among men, and can also lead to dismissal for just cause, but based on behavioral incontinence. In addition to the inconvenience created in the case of flagrant, adult websites usually contain viruses and malware that can damage a company’s computer and compromise the security of confidential documents.
Viewing pornography in the workplace can have serious consequences — Photo: Reproduction/Pond5
6. Chatting or flirting on Slack
Slack is a messaging app for corporate use, but it’s often used for flirting or small talk. If the computer stores bossware, this practice can be a problem for the employee. Additionally, if your company has its own employee communication software, it’s even more important to be careful when dealing with personal matters via chat. This is because there is a possibility that the messages are stored on some server, which makes them easily recoverable. Just in case, save flirtations, jokes and sensitive topics for WhatsApp or another mobile messenger.
Slack should only be used for professional purposes — Photo: Disclosure/Getty Images
7. Look for another job
Searching for a new job on the company’s computer can create a bad image of the employee. The procedure can be seen as an indicator of dissatisfaction with the current job and undermine future referrals. Although not subject to severe punishment, such as termination for just cause, the attitude can generate warnings for misuse of work equipment. It is recommended to conduct searches on a personal computer or mobile device, preferably outside the company environment.
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with information from wirecutters and Kaspersky
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