Can I have reasonable privacy on an employer-provided Android phone?
April 13, 2012 12:06 PM Subscribe
Android PrivacyFilter: I will soon be issued a shiny new Android smartphone at work, and my employer's policies allow limited personal use of the device. What's the current state of best practices for keeping a reasonable degree of separation between personal and work stuff?
posted by QuantumMeruit to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am well aware of the legal pitfalls of engaging in any personal communications on a work device (and, in fact, have supervised numerous forensic acquisitions and examinations).
Our use policies allow the installation of applications for personal use, as well as the purchase of apps through a personal Google account.
I would like to use the work Android phone to check my personal email, which uses Google mail (for my domain). My understanding is that using the standard Android mail client would wind up storing large quantities of my personal mail on the device in unencrypted form.
Are there mail clients available which would enable me to access my personal email in a (relatively) convenient way, but which would offer slightly more protection from prying eyes? Obviously, I know my employer can monitor my activity, sniff my network traffic and otherwise compel me to disclose lots of stuff if warranted. I would just prefer not leaving everything in plaintext on the device.
Side question: For storing (encrypting) passwords on an Android device, what's the current conventional wisdom? Is KeePass all I need? Or is there something "better" out there?