Nearly half of all Brits use their work laptop for personal use, says Vodafone.

A survey by the mobile network operator revealed that 68 percent of office workers supplied with laptops feel using the device for personal purposes is a 'fair exchange' when it comes to the work/life balance.

Senior management doesn't mind this practice, in fact 65 percent of senior managers said it was acceptable.

However, with nearly 50 percent of laptop owners using their own mobile broadband connection and 30 percent connecting via Wi-Fi, IT managers must ensure the devices have security software installed, to protect against viruses and malware.

Mike Banwell, head of business services, Vodafone UK explains: "It is right that businesses need to keep a close eye on company assets such as netbooks, laptops and other mobile devices to prevent inappropriate, illegal or irresponsible use".

"However, we don't want to get to a situation where attitudes change to such an extent that policies and procedures become so restrictive that employees actively circumvent them, or that the devices become so unfriendly that the benefits employees and businesses are obtaining from mobile working are severely reduced."

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