Many of us earn our living on the same computer we use for hobbies, socializing, personal banking, and so forth. That can be dangerous.
Here’s how to build a virtual wall between the two types of activities.
Why keep them separate? What if that email complaining about your boss ends up on his PC, rather than in your sibling’s smartphone? Or a client’s private information ends up with friends and family? And sorting through one long list of personal and work email can be a real pain.
The best technique for separating work and personal computing on the same PC is to create separate user accounts. I’ll explain why and how, but if that seems too extreme for you, or if practicalities make that choice inconvenient, I’ll also suggest a few less-drastic ways to keep fun and drudgery apart. And finally, I’ll offer some additional steps you should take whether or not you create separate accounts.
I’m assuming that you own the computer you’re using outright. If it belongs to your employer, you really should have a separate personal system. At a minimum, ask your boss about running personal activities on company property. Quite likely, play on this computer will be severely restricted.
Create two separate systems in one machine
Along with preventing potentially embarrassing events, creating separate user accounts lets you configure the Start menu, taskbar, applications, and desktop appropriately for each environment. You’re also less likely to turn away from that report you need to finish toward something fun, since doing so will require the extra chores of switching accounts and likely entering passwords.