Starting a business from home has never been easier than it is now, so it’s hardly surprising that many of us are finally giving up corporate life for the work-from-home dream.
Not only do you get to shake the shackles of employment within your home business, but you also get to work from a comfortable setting, and achieve that ever-elusive work/life balance we all hark on about. You might even assume that working from within the safety of your own home means better protection for your business.
Sadly, this isn’t necessarily the case. While you may feel safer working from your home office, technology alone means security breaches can and do still happen. Not to mention that the from-home set up poses its own security risks that you’re going to need to take into account.
With that in mind, keep reading to find out how you can genuinely ensure that your home business is as safe and secure as you’d expect it to be.
Invest in a business only wifi
Using your home wifi for your home business might seem logical, but there are all manner of reasons why it’s a terrible idea. For one, home wifi networks simply aren’t made to withstand the use or security threats that even home-based businesses come against. What’s more, the fact that your whole family uses this network means you have no real way to monitor or prevent breaches. The solution? A wifi network intended solely for your business, complete with a password that only you know. Only then can you ensure the secure connection and protective precautions necessary to keep business data safe.
Even home offices need monitoring
You may assume that video surveillance is only necessary for a corporate office, but you’d be wrong. Admittedly, an in-house office might be able to survive off general household security, but the same can’t be said if your office is in the garden. In this instance, you’ll want to invest in the same protections that you would for an office block. How else can you be sure to protect not only your equipment but also the information that it contains?
Don’t forget to distance from your family
You should also keep your office space separate from your family for security purposes. This could mean taking it out of the house (complete with surveillance, of course), or simply putting a lock on that in-house office door. Data protection means absolute privacy, after all, even if the eyes doing the breaching belong to your ten-year-old. If your youngster shared any information with another member of your family or someone at school, you’d be just as liable as if you had broadcast sensitive documents to an entire office. Make sure it doesn’t happen by always locking up with security in mind!
Undeniably, home offices make it easy to grow lax with security processes like these. But, remember – this is a business like any other, and it’s your responsibility to ensure the utmost professionalism and privacy at all times.