With the way businesses are run nowadays, upgrading to digital work life has become a must for most companies.
Devices are now being distributed to employees to have a better and more efficient way of collecting data and ensuring quality work performance.
It is pretty nice to have a free device given to you by your employers, but there are some pros and cons to it.
This article will tackle mobile device management, as well as its potential and how you can stop it from invading your privacy.
How Employers Supervise Devices
Companies are now supervising devices through MDM or Mobile Device Management, which allows them to manage, monitor and configure all their devices through a central server.
This is an efficient way to keep things organized while also securing the collected data.
Because of this, usage of certain applications on your device will be limited, and installing new apps may also be prevented.
These limits are in place to ensure that the device will only be used for work-related purposes and nothing more.
How Do I Know if My iPhone Is Supervised or Managed?
To confirm that your device is being supervised or managed by your bosses, you can head to Settings and check if a message appears on top of the screen that says, “This iPhone is supervised and managed by”.
Normally, a supervised device will have that message and it will also tell you who is managing your device.
What Can My Admin See on My iPhone?
Various data can be tracked by your admin through MDM. It ranges from general to even personal data.
Here are things that they usually track on a company-provided device:
- Regularly-used applications
- Internet traffic
- Your phone’s location
- Time spent using the device
It is alarming to know that some of this information can get pretty personal that it can become an invasion of privacy.
In terms of tracking your device’s location, there is a silver lining.
They have to switch your device into Managed Lost Mode for them to track its location, which automatically locks and displays a message on the lock screen.
This way, you will know if you are being tracked.
You can see also what types of changes your employer has made on your device and know exactly which apps are being restricted and which features are being blocked.
This can be done by heading to Settings > General > Profiles & Device Management. A profile should be listed that you can open to see what changes were made.
Can My Employer See My iMessages?
No, your employer cannot open and view your messages on your device. However, they can still see how many iMessages you sent and received.
Though it can still make you uncomfortable to know that someone is keeping an eye on you, it’d be worse if they could actually see those messages.
Find answer about this FAQ: Can employers see my search history?
How to Remove Supervision without Password
MDM can get pretty annoying since not only is it preventing you from accessing certain apps and doing things that you want to do with your device, it can also invade your privacy.
Unlockit is an all-around tool that removes locks without the use of passcodes. However, all the best things in life aren’t free.
You can purchase a one-month license for only $29.95 or $49.95 for a lifetime license.
To use it, just follow these steps:
- First, download and install Unlockit onto your Mac or Windows PC.
- Next, connect your device to the computer via USB cable.
- Now, go to Settings.
- Head to General and turn off Find My iPhone.
- After that, go back to General and tap on Reset.
- Select Erase All Content and let your device reset.
- Reboot your phone and tap on Don’t Transfer Apps & Data. This will lock you out of the MDM screen.
- Now, launch the application and select Bypass MDM Lock.
- After that, click on Start from Unlockit.
- Tap on Trust to unlock your device. Finally, input your device’s passcode.
Make sure that you are on the MDM screen when you start the bypassing process for it to work.
After following these steps, your phone should be free of MDM and you should be able to use it freely.
Company-provided devices might feel like they belong to you. The reality is they could be under the influence and control of your employers, which means you are not free to do whatever you want with them.
Mobile Device Management makes this happen by monitoring and configuring the settings of your device through a central server.
In most cases, this is an understandable thing to do since companies will always want to ensure that efficient work is being done through those devices and that the data collected are secured.
However, its potential to gather personal data and info make it a risk to your privacy.
If you have any questions or comments about MDM, feel free to hit us up down below.