For those of you who work from home, your house will be the heart of your business. It is where you get all of your work done and contact clients from. So, there is no wonder that you have to create a serene and practical space in which you can work, but have you also made sure that your home office is secure? In today’s modern world, there are lots of risks out there that could end up compromising you and your business. Don’t take that chance. Keep on reading to find out how you can increase your home business’s security.
Store Contracts And Documents Carefully
If all of your sensitive contracts and documents get into the wrong hands, your business could end up in a lot of trouble, especially if any of your customer or client’s’ data is included in the documents. For this reason, it is essential that you store these papers correctly. If you have quite a few documents and contracts in storage which you don’t need to refer to all the time, you could keep them with a firm that specialises in records management and storage. As they will then be stored off site away from your property, there is no way that a security breach at home will put them under threat. As for documents that you might need to refer to on a regular basis, it is worth investing in some fireproof safes so that you don’t have to worry about them getting damaged in your home.
Update Your Computer’s Protection
Hopefully, your computer is already protected with basic programs such as a firewall and antivirus software. If you don’t already have them, you need to get some as soon as possible, as you never know when you might stumble onto a website that poses a threat to your computer! If you do already have some, it is important that you regularly update them as these types of software and programs can quickly go out of date. As hackers and viruses are always getting more intelligent and sophisticated, it is important you keep one step ahead of them with the best software out there. Failing to do so could end in hackers getting access to your computer’s data and, in the worst-case scenario, all of your banking details!
Secure Your Home WiFi
If you don’t need a password to connect a computer to your home WiFi, you need to change that right away. Adding a password makes all the difference, trust me! Without a password, anyone could use your WiFi, and this leaves your computer and any other connected device at risk of security breaches.
Even though most modern risks to home-based offices are online, there is still the chance that you could attract thieves and other intruders. Generally speaking, thieves are more likely to try and break into business addresses rather than residential ones, as they believe that there will be more money and expensive equipment on company property. If possible, you must not publicise that you work from home to try and minimise the chance of thieves finding out about your home office. If this isn’t possible – some businesses need their office’s address on the company website – then you should do your best to deter criminals from entering your homes using other methods. The best deterrents are burglar alarms and CCTV cameras, both of which can be fitted onto the outside of your property. Burglars won’t want to step foot anywhere near your home once they notice these – they will fear setting the alarm off and being caught on camera! But, if they do, at least you will have the video recording to take to the police as evidence. The only downside about these systems is that they can often work out quite expensive. However, you can keep your costs down by fitting fake cameras and alarms. Burglars will think that they are the real deal and will be put off from entering your property.
Be Responsible On Social Media
Any business worth its salt is on social media these days. And your business should also have Facebook and Twitter profiles too so that it can keep up with its competitors and attract as many new customers as possible! But running your social media accounts isn’t always a piece of cake. In fact, some businesses have found that taking their company onto these new platforms has been their downfall. And that is often because they got too cocky when they were tweeting or updating their status that they ended up giving some of their biggest trade secrets away. Once their competition got a hold of these, they were able to use them to their own advantage. So, when you on social media, remember the rule of thumb not to let too much out – you never know who is following you!
Expect The Worst, Hope For The Best
As with any aspect of business, when it comes to your company’s security, you should always expect the worst and hope for the best. And the best way to do that is to get full insurance. There are different types of insurance you could get to cover your home-based business, but one of the best is a general liability insurance. There are a few things that it will cover you for, including third-party injury, personal injury, and damage to your property. If you already have home insurance for your property, this might include some cover for home-based businesses, but you should check the small print as not every policy does. If not, you could try calling your provider to see if they can add this on for you. If they are unable to, you should look for a different policy altogether.
As you can see, there are numerous ways you can better protect your home-based business. Some of them are an instant fix while others might take a little longer to put in place. But, they all bring some very noticeable benefits to your company!