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Protect your privacy, even at work

Published: February 19,2020

We got used to sharing so much of our personal life that we don’t even care anymore who keeps the data and what they are doing with it. As a friend told me yesterday: “I don’t care because I am just one small piece of data in the immensity of big data.”

But when we compare this to the real world, it doesn’t mean that if you live in a city with tens of thousands or millions of people, you just go out in the street and reveal all personal matters to everybody. It just doesn’t feel right. Then why should we give up on this in the virtual world?

Social media and search engines have built extremely valuable business models by encouraging users to share their personal data in exchange for free services. What most people don’t realize is that they continue to share data about themselves while navigating the internet via the browser, even after they stop using that particular service. And this is something to consider in both your private and professional life, because why would you like to have your latest project, the one you put so much time and creativity in, as a piece of data in some company’s cloud storage?

 

A Sandbox for Everyone

The IT community came up with a solution for this and developed the sandbox concept – a closed environment that is isolating a running program, usually for mitigating the potential risk of contaminating other applications in case of failure. Even if it wasn’t its purpose from the beginning, the sandbox feature is exactly what we need if we want to protect our privacy while browsing the internet or working online.

All of the applications that a user is opening within OneDock are running in a sandboxed environment. This way, a social media app or any other SaaS app will not track what you are doing in other applications or on the internet, as they would be doing if you were using them in a browser or some other working tool. We strongly believe that this is a very important feature as it protects your privacy at work!

Also, all passwords managed by OneDock are only stored on your computer, not in some cloud storage warehouse. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is at the core of our culture and we always have security and privacy as our main concerns when we develop new features.

We should all consider the security and privacy risks that we are facing in our private and professional lives and take all measures possible to reduce them. These are usually the tasks of the security policy enforcers in a company, but make no mistake, those policies are only addressing the confidential business information that an employee might share with outsiders, with or without intention, not all of the data that other applications are collecting.

“Individuals will have to become their own chief security officer”

says Keren Elazari, senior researcher at the Tel Aviv University Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Centre, in Wired magazine, and we definitely agree.

 

Our privacy recommendation is to always consider what apps you are using and always value your work just like an intellectual property lawyer is assessing its client’s activity.

 

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Catalin is managing OneDock within Deutsche Telekom as part of Group Partnering and Business Development team to DT.

 

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