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More of us are working from home than ever before. While that can be great for cutting down on commuting and spending more time with the family, it also means quite literally bringing your work home.
If you’ve set up a home office, you’re likely to have all kinds of confidential and sensitive company information in there. It could be on your laptop, personal phone (which you’re now having to use for work) or in the form of physical documents. This is why it’s important to take a few basic security steps to protect this information, and your business in general.
Upgrade your antivirus software
One of the most likely ways corporate data will be illegally accessed, stolen or compromised is through your laptop or computer. To protect it, your usual home use antivirus software may not be adequate. You may need to look into more heavy-duty professional packages.
Sweep your laptop and phone for malware
It’s easier than you think for someone to access your phone through malware, especially if you ever use public Wi-Fi networks. Just to make sure your devices aren’t compromised, use security software
Sweep the room for bugs
Suspect that a competitor may be spying on you? You may not actually be being paranoid. Corporate espionage happens all the time, and it can be much easier to access confidential information from an employee’s home office than a security-heavy city centre office block.
radio frequency (RF) bug detector you can sweep your home office for all surveillance or listening devices such as cameras, voice recorders or other bugs. It’s likely that you won’t find anything, but at least you’ll know for sure.
Buy a shredder and a lockable filing cabinet
If your business uses paper documentation and you need to keep it at home, invest in a decent paper shredder. You just never know who’s going through your bins or where your discarded documents may end up. Another home office essential is a fireproof, lockable filing cabinet, to keep all paperwork safe.
Check your insurance policy
What would happen if a fire broke out at your home? Obviously, your family’s safety would be your first priority, and you wouldn’t (and definitely shouldn’t) be rushing back to save company paperwork or equipment. But you may still be liable for the loss of anything business-related stored at your home, so it’s a good idea to check your home insurance policy to see if you’re covered.
Password protect or lock your devices
It’s recommended to keep work and personal devices separate, but remember to protect all work-related phones, tablets and laptops with a password or fingerprint ID. Even if it’s just to stop your toddler accidentally calling a client!
Secure your home Wi-Fi
If you’re relying on home broadband for work, this could potentially leave you vulnerable to hackers if your connection isn’t secured. Double-check that you’ve got a strong password in place for the network, and consider changing it occasionally.