Almost everyone I know who got laid off was notified and let go on the same day. Some of them even didn’t get a chance to send out a farewell email.
Do you think they had enough time to back up their personal data on their work computers, save contact addresses, and remove personal/private data from the computer? Probably not.
You might argue that we should never use computer at work for personal stuff. But, for most of us who spend our entire day in front of a computer at work, it’s virtually impossible. The chances are you will use your computer at work to check your personal emails, surf a few sites, pay your bills, etc.
You need to be prepared. You need to protect your privacy. You need to make sure important personal data are saved.
Here is a list of tips to protect and save your personal data at work:
- Use one browser for work, and another browser for personal use: most IT departments support both Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox browser. I suggest you to use one browser exclusively for work, and the other one exclusively for personal tasks.
- Configure your personal-use browser setting to protect your privacy — below is an example using Firefox’s privacy setting as an example:
- when you’re in Firefox, go to Tools -> Option. Click "Privacy" tab and configure the following settings:
- Check "Keep browsing history" and change it to 0 day
- Uncheck "Remember what I enter in forms and the search bar"
- Uncheck "Remember what I’ve downloaded"
- Check "Always clear my private data when I close Firefox"
- Click "Settings" under "Private Data", and check all of the boxes.
- then click "Security" tab, and uncheck "Remember passwords for sites"
- If you’re let go or quit your job on your own, before you give the computer back to the company, you should click "clear now" to clear all of the privacy data.