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Old 10-04-2006, 02:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My company's corporate IT policy is that they don't allow us to use Blackberry's to access our individual work email accounts. I just bought a 7750.

Do any of you know a way to get around this? A way that I could configure my Blackberry myself so I could access my work email w/o my company knowing?

One way I thought I might be able to do it would be by setting up my work Outlook email account to automatically forward all incoming emails to a personal, non-work email account (like my personal gmail or comcast account), then set up my Blackberry to synch w/ that personal email account which has my forwarded work emails.

Please let me know your thoughts and if there is a way to make this work.

Thanks very much!
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Old 10-04-2006, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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One way I thought I might be able to do it would be by setting up my work Outlook email account to automatically forward all incoming emails to a personal, non-work email account (like my personal gmail or comcast account), then set up my Blackberry to synch w/ that personal email account which has my forwarded work emails.
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That would technically work - but it's a very bad idea. Most corporate IT departments have policies that specifically forbid this.
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There are reasons for companies having policies like this, having to do with Information Security concerns. If we found anyone in our company violating company policy like this it would be casue for termination.
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Old 10-04-2006, 02:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, policy is the same with my company...no autoforwarding to external addresses, no personal BB's on the server

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You also try to set it up on BIS and see if it comes through that way.
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As to some kind of IT Policy hack or the like, don't expect many here to help you with that. As stated above, IT policies are put in place for a reason, and while it sucks, it's something you'll have to live with. Sorry.
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My company does not allow me to forward the incoming emails to another account so that did not work for me.
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The policies are set up for a reason - no personal BBs as you could gain access to insider information and then you'd have another Enron on your hands.
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Not to mention SOX and HIPPA compliance issues.
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Best bet is another device. Might not sound sexy, but a lot of people carry two cell phones due to work restrictions. Trust me, it's not worth setting yourself up for potential termination.
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If I were in charge of the company's email and security and found an employee trying to around set policy, I would be unhappy. This would be casue for termination.
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Hi -

My company's corporate IT policy is that they don't allow us to use Blackberry's to access our individual work email accounts. I just bought a 7750.

Do any of you know a way to get around this? A way that I could configure my Blackberry myself so I could access my work email w/o my company knowing?

One way I thought I might be able to do it would be by setting up my work Outlook email account to automatically forward all incoming emails to a personal, non-work email account (like my personal gmail or comcast account), then set up my Blackberry to synch w/ that personal email account which has my forwarded work emails.

Please let me know your thoughts and if there is a way to make this work.

Thanks very much!
Kevin
So they let you on to there BES with your personal bb but not access company email? That seem odd that they would let you on to the network but no email access.
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I don't think that was his issue. He's on the BES with corporate email. They are restricting him from using the BB for personal email (which is smart).
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I don't think that was his issue. He's on the BES with corporate email. They are restricting him from using the BB for personal email (which is smart).
That's not what the OP wrote. He doesn't even mention a BES server. While he mentions "IT policy" he probably means written corporate procedures and not a BES IT Policy. Though I guess it's entirely possible that a company would deploy BES-attached Blackberries with email disabled by IT policy...

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...they don't allow us to use Blackberry's to access our individual work email accounts
I'm not going to try to guess what he really meant as I'm not psychic. Besides, why would he talk about forwarding work email to a personal email account (specifically mentioning gmail and Comcast) if that was the case?

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