Personal privacy is a growing problem that only increases as work and personal start to merge. While it may not be obvious, the problem is harder to contain when using your personal number for business. Below are 4 examples or risks you can avoid with a dedicated business phone number.
1. No Clear Boundaries
By sharing your personal number with colleagues, you’re unwittingly blurring the line between your business and personal lives by making it easy for any business contact to cross the line into your personal life at their discretion – not yours.
2. Work/Life Balance
Hardly anyone ever turns off their personal phone at the end of the day. This means you can get unwanted work-related calls after hours which business people will expect you to answer.
Having no separation between work and personal hours not only creates an imposition on your personal time, but also creates the risk of setting availability expectations that may be difficult to reign in once established.
Any communication can be a part of a legal investigation or litigation matter. When a personal number is shared for business, personal communications are automatically commingled with business communications that may be subject to collection for review.
This means that your personal text messages, pictures, videos, and other communications could be potentially collected because there is no simple way to distinguish between business and personal communications with clients, colleagues, or anyone else once they are commingled.
4. Sensitive Data Breach
Texting, calling, and voicemail on personal devices have minimal security. If your device is lost and falls into the wrong hands, there are potential business consequences for the information on that phone.
If your organization uses a mobile device management system, it is likely that business applications can be wiped remotely, but data stored in applications where data are commingled such as texting apps, may not be wiped, creating a potential data breach exposure to your company.
Is There an Easy Way to Avoid These Risks?
Yes! Read below about how using a Tendant Business Number can give you the work/life balance and separation you deserve.
Get a 2nd phone number just for work with the Tendant app.
Choose when your Tendant number rings without affecting your personal number.
If an issue ever arises, you can send your Tendant data w/out revealing personal data.
Tendant secures and encrypts your communications across all your devices.
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