1. iMore Question's Avatar
    Hi Gurus,
    Recently I recharged my personal iPhone by connecting to my work laptop via USB port in my office. I answered 'Don't trust' to the question 'Trust this computer?' from my phone screen when I connected to laptop. No work email configuration and No employer WIFI connection for my iPhone.

    Since all my personal emails accounts are open in my phone, I am wondering if my employer/IT department can invade my iPhone to read my emails, pictures and notes, et al...
    thanks in advance...

    Moneyfan
    11-04-2015 07:36 PM
  2. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore! While I'm no IT expert I believe your information should be protected, especially because you told your phone not to trust your work computer. That being said, I would make it a best practice not to connect your iPhone to a work computer going forward.
    nikkisharif likes this.
    11-04-2015 07:39 PM
  3. SwitchBeach's Avatar
    Even if you selected "Trust this Computer", your employer would not be able to read the information on your phone simply from you connecting it to that computer.
    11-04-2015 08:51 PM
  4. moneyfan's Avatar
    thanks guys. My understanding is Yes. IT department can download/read emails from iPhone. Many business manager/directors are equipped with iPhone so that technical supports have to been provided. I am wondering if there is a software that can transfer information from iOS to Windows. But that is my guess.. Does any IT admin guy know this?
    11-05-2015 07:04 PM
  5. Not Quite Right's Avatar
    Hows about carrying a back-up battery, or wall charger and forget about all of this cloak & dagger BS? ...
    Last edited by Not Quite Right; 11-06-2015 at 11:45 PM.
    11-06-2015 09:45 AM
  6. pkcable's Avatar
    thanks guys. My understanding is Yes. IT department can download/read emails from iPhone. Many business manager/directors are equipped with iPhone so that technical supports have to been provided. I am wondering if there is a software that can transfer information from iOS to Windows. But that is my guess.. Does any IT admin guy know this?
    Well, not exactly, they could probably remote in to the PC and connect to the phone as a USB drive, but I think the email info on it would be encrypted wouldn't it? While they might be able to peak around the structure of the files of the phone, I don't think they would be able to access the emails. I also don't think they WOULD do this from an ethical standpoint UNLESS the employee was being investigated. There might also be legal factors at play here, invasion of privacy (which you MIGHT give up under your employment contract or by connecting your phone). My feeling is unless you are under suspicion or investigation I highly doubt IT is going to go to the trouble.
    11-06-2015 11:28 AM
  7. Peligro911's Avatar
    thanks guys. My understanding is Yes. IT department can download/read emails from iPhone. Many business manager/directors are equipped with iPhone so that technical supports have to been provided. I am wondering if there is a software that can transfer information from iOS to Windows. But that is my guess.. Does any IT admin guy know this?
    in those situations its not so much them getting into the phone .. If you have a work phone typically the email is a email that is setup on a exchange server and pushed to the phone.. IT then can get into your email from the server not from the phone.

    any apps i have seen that transfer direct from phone to Windows is for music pics etc. not email . Mostly iTunes alternatives
    11-06-2015 12:29 PM
  8. pkcable's Avatar
    in those situations its not so much them getting into the phone .. If you have a work phone typically the email is a email that is setup on a exchange server and pushed to the phone.. IT then can get into your email from the server not from the phone.

    any apps i have seen that transfer direct from phone to Windows is for music pics etc. not email . Mostly iTunes alternatives
    Pretty sure the OP is talking about personal emails not work emails. But yes certainly they can see any work emails from the mail server side. Again though except for IF the employee is being investigated or routine checks I highly doubt they are going to the trouble.
    11-08-2015 03:09 PM

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