7 Things Your Boss Wants to Know About Your Computer

Posted by Annett Winiarz

Jan 7, 2015 3:29:00 PM


7 reasons why your employer might be using keylogger software, spyware or other means to spy on employees’ computer usage:

1)  Does your computer have malware or viruses on it?

The longer an infection lingers undetected and the more employees in a network that download it or click the malicious link, the more widespread the infection will be and the harder to contain; thus, the longer a network could be crippled.

2)  What programs have been downloaded to your computer or have you attempted to download?

If your company’s network allows individual employees to regulate what’s downloaded to or deleted from a machine, it’s critical for the IT department to know what you’ve downloaded or modified.

3) What programs need updating?

Your boss or IT director needs to know this information because it could mean the difference between contracting a virus and keeping malicious software off the network. 

4) What internet sites have you been visiting?

This is one area where employee computer monitoring can have a positive impact on both productivity and network security. Are the sites you’re visiting work related or personal? 

5) Are you using company email for personal use?

No one likes the idea of someone reading their email correspondences – but are those correspondences work related or personal?  If you have a company-assigned email account, however, you have little-to-almost-no expectation of privacy. 

6) Have you transferred files from a personal computer and/or a personal mobile device to a worked-owned computer or mobile device?

This one, again, relates mostly to security. The danger posed by employees using personal equipment in conjunction with work equipment might be one of the most pervasive threats to private networks out there. 

7) Have other employees been using your computer? Does anyone else have access to your work-related accounts/passwords?

Sharing passwords is always a big no-no and yet, a significant number of employees still do it. Sharing such information with your co-workers is bad enough, but sharing them with non-employees (spouses, significant others, best friends, etc.) is far worse. 

The original article by , SoftActivity, can be found here: http://www.softactivity.com/blog/7-things-your-boss-wants-to-know-about-your-computer/

Topics: Leadership, Employee Engagement, Empowering Your Workforce