If you’re worried about your personal information being accessible to your company’s IT staff, you may have an unlikely defense in the form of mobile workspaces, aka containers, which separate work and personal data (and apps) on your smartphone or tablet. IT organizations like the idea because it lets them wall off their stuff from yours.

Although most containers are imposed on you by IT to secure work data, Samsung has an interesting twist on the concept: user-installed containers to protect your personal information from IT’s reach.

I’m not a fan of mobile containers — most are awkward to use. They typically make users jump between two contexts, access unfamiliar apps for basic functions like email and document editing, and separate activities that should be integrated, like your day’s calendar or what new messages have been received.

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