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I have used Gmail on my work Blackberry (a 7100, I think- from 2006) and have visited a few non-work websites (nothing illegal or dirty, etc.- just a few career-type websites) that I thought would be totally hidden from my employer. With the following facts, can I beg for reassurance that our IT person will not see the text of the websites I visited? (Seeing the main website name- such as is fine, but the full page site such as might be concerning).

1. I work in a small office. We have a "Blackberry server" (I'd guess a BES but not sure.)

2. We have an IT person who comes only perhaps 3 hours a week, usually to install new software.

3. I have deleted the Internet cache each time I've finished using my Blackberry internet browser.

4. My BB is connected with my computer, but I don't sync it- and haven't, except once accidentally, a few weeks ago.

5. My work computer has Google Desktop installed.

Also, if I wipe the content from my Blackberry, will that make the Blackberry unusable without it being re-synched to my computer? (Basically, I have minimal computer knowledge- if I wipe the content, will our IT person have to come re-install it so that it works with my computer)?


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Old 03-27-2009, 06:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you are on BES, just assume that if the company wants to see your activity, they can. Also assume there is no personal info on a BES connected device. If you feel the need, get your own personal device.

If you do a wipe, the IT person will have to reconnect you to BES.

That being said, it is unlikely they will catch anything, but to be safe, don't do it. Such unauthorized use can be grounds for termination and companies are looking for reasons to fire folks right now.
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