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Career Boost | 01.12.22

How do I wipe my personal data from a company device?

By Mike Welch, SCLA Writer

Lots of companies give employees devices for work, including laptops, phones, and tablets. While you’re supposed to use that technology strictly for business purposes, a 2020 survey from security vendor Malwarebytes found that careful segregation of business and personal use is rarely the norm. Some 53% of respondents admitted they sent or received personal emails from a work device, while 38% shopped online, 25% logged into their social media accounts, and 22% even installed personal software on their company hardware.

If you’re one of the people who hasn’t been diligent about keeping personal data off your work device, you’ll want to make sure you wipe these devices clean before you turn them back in. Let’s look at how to do that for the two most common devices: laptops and smartphones.

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