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Paul Ardoin, a former colleague, has posted some comments on Bring-Your-Own-Computer, the notion that companies should rely on employees' personal laptops. My security-wonk-alarm went off when I read this, but I'm thinking the concept has some merit.

This is somewhat related to the question of using a company car versus the company paying you for mileage on your own car. People in general tend to take better care of their own car. The same may be true of computers.

However, if the company needs to enforce security constraints on employee computing, as in health care or finance, then personal machines are a bad idea. Even in companies where only a few sensitive activities take place, the company should provide and maintain special computers for those purposes.

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