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If you are like a growing number of employees, your personal phone may also be your company work phone.

Which is usually fine, because most of us don't want to carry two cell phones with us.

But it comes with a big potential downside.

BYOD the Hot New Trend

You've heard about BYOB: bring your own beer.  

In many offices these days, however, it's BYOD: bring your own device.

More and more companies, the Wall Street Journal says, are asking employees to use their personal smartphones and tablets for company business, and are reimbursing them for data fees.

BYOD is a win-win situation, the Journal says, until you leave the company, and find your device wiped clean.

Doesn't that Stink?

So from the doesn't that stink file: What happens when your employer does a remote wipe of your phone or tablet.

Contacts, emails, and most importantly family photos, disappear. If that happens, you'll say "doesn't that stink?"

The Wall Street Journal says it happens all the time when someone leaves their job, often on your last day, when you are turning in your key card and company ID.

How to Protect Yourself

The Journal says ask management about phone wiping as soon as you announce you are leaving the company.

And if you use the same phone as a personal phone and work phone, keep in mind that your company may decide to erase it at some point.

So back up those contacts and photos so you don't waste your money.

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