Work and home usage - one or multiple Accounts best?

gwhizkids

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I have been a home iMac user (and iOS user) for well over a decade. But I’m about to get my first work Mac. Assuming it is up to me (and not company policy), is it best to use one Apple/iCloud account across both regimes (home/work) or is the better course to keep them separate? Using the same one obviously has the advantage of being able to share notes/reminders/logins etc. between both worlds. “Separate” obviously has the benefit of keeping my personal stuff off a work-owned machine.

What’s the best practice here?

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nicho

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I have been a home iMac user (and iOS user) for well over a decade. But I’m about to get my first work Mac. Assuming it is up to me (and not company policy), is it best to use one Apple/iCloud account across both regimes (home/work) or is the better course to keep them separate? Using the same one obviously has the advantage of being able to share notes/reminders/logins etc. between both worlds. “Separate” obviously has the benefit of keeping my personal stuff off a work-owned machine.

What’s the best practice here?

(Mods, if this isn’t the right place, feel free to move this thread. Thanks!)
Personally, I use one icloud account for both (i'm responsible if the laptop goes missing, so since they haven't taken any steps to really protect it beyond making me sign a piece of paper to that effect I'm damn well turning on find my mac!)

I enabled keychain, find my mac... and that's it. Everything else is turned off. Handoff and continuity works fine in this setup.
 
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gwhizkids

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Personally, I use one icloud account for both (i'm responsible if the laptop goes missing, so since they haven't taken any steps to really protect it beyond making me sign a piece of paper to that effect I'm damn well turning on find my mac!)

I enabled keychain, find my mac... and that's it. Everything else is turned off. Handoff and continuity works fine in this setup.
Do you use Messages on the Mac? That and Reminders/Fantastical are my main needs. Thanks!
 

Fishrrman

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The best policy is to keep your "work" and "personal" computers COMPLETELY SEPARATED.

Since you have a home Mac, and will soon have a work Mac, I suggest you keep them "separated".

Don't mix business with pleasure.

Things just go better that way.
 
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