For the first time in my career, a company I am working for is implementing MDM. I’ve been very fortunate to avoid this so far, and curious if anyone has any insights or experiences to share to ease my stress. I would say that fundamentally my stress comes from the fact that my workflow has always been “One Mac To Rule Them All”, and MDM (maybe?) means moving to a Two Mac system.
The MDM we’re implementing is Microsoft Intune; reading their docs, it seems fairly light hande in it’s approach; they claim to not be able to see our files, our photos, our iMessages, etc. – and I do trust my company generally. We will be able to install any apps we want, etc. We have company permission to use our company computers for “lightweight” personal things, which frankly is all I use my personal mac for anyways.
Should I just stick to “One Mac”? Should I try to move to a two mac lifestyle? One of the considerations here is that my personal Mac is hugely overpowered (16 inch M1 Max, 64gb ram, 4 TB hard drive), and the laptop I will be provided with by work is a 14 inch M2 Pro, 16 GB ram, 512gb hard drive. A downgrade, but certainly good enough for my modest needs (although could certainly use my disk).
I could adapt to a Two Mac lifestyle, or sell my personal mac for thousands of dollars? I could also sell my personal mac and still do a Two Mac lifestyle, buying a more modest personal machine like an M2 Air.
In the case where I do use a Two Mac lifestyle, I feel like I probably would still need to sign in to my iCloud account on the MDM laptop to access the apps I’ve purchased, although I guess I could turn iCloud, Photos, iCloud Drive, etc. off?
What would you guys do? I am not particularly privacy conscious, but it does give me a slight unease at the idea of using my MDM’d company laptop for light personal use, even if they are limited by both policy and technology on what they can see and do.