If you work from home, you may not have thought much about protecting your business. You may be the only employee, and your business may have grown slowly so that you didn’t think in terms of setting up security systems as you might have if you had a more traditional company. However, even home-based workplaces need protections.
Chances are you don’t have an IT department, but you still need to make sure you are protecting your data. Even if your business is not one that might be maliciously targeted by hackers, you still need to protect yourself against malware and viruses. Email encryption can be a great protection to have, which will help keep your outgoing email safe and stop any hazardous email from landing in your box.
A virtual private network as an extra layer of protection. In addition, it’s recommended that passwords should be changed regularly, as well as ensuring you keep your data backed up to avoid loss. You can use backups on both the cloud and on one or more physical storage devices, such as an external hard drive or USBs. Some companies actually offer protection from identity theft aimed at small businesses.
When it comes to your home networks, passwords should always remain strong, with a combination of letters, numbers, and even a symbol. You may want to consider using a different network for your business from your home network. If you ever work on your phone or your tablet, those devices can be protected as well.
Have the Necessary Insurance
All businesses need business insurance, and if you are working from home, it is a necessity as well. Some people might assume that their homeowner’s insurance will cover them, but this is not the case. The type of insurance you need may vary according to the type of business you have. General liability and business property insurance can be a topic of conversation as well.
General liability will cover any injuries to clients or employees who come to your home while business property will cover any damage to your equipment. If you use a vehicle, you can insure that as well. If you sell a product or offer a service, you may need product liability or professional liability insurance. Errors and omissions insurance will cover you if you offer professional advice. You can also purchase insurance that will cover you if you have to stop operations for a time because of a disaster, such as a fire or a flood.
Consider a Household Security System
If you had an office away from your home, you would probably make sure there were alarms or some kind of security system in place. You can also do the same when you work from home. In addition to alarms, you may want to consider security cameras depending on the nature of your work. You can also consider what you would do in the event of fire or another disaster. In addition to protecting yourself, your equipment and your computer data, the security of physical data is important as well. You may want to keep locked files or even consider offsite storage.
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