Security is without a doubt one of the most important parts about running a business. Cyber crime is on the rise and it is believed that it costs companies around the world hundreds of billions of dollars every year. This also shows no signs of slowing down, especially with more companies taking their operations online. While this is largely big corporations being targeted, small businesses fall victim to cyber crime too.
Just because you run a smaller home-based business doesn’t mean that security isn’t important. In fact, it might even become more important. Not only is your business’s information at risk, but some personal information might as well be. With that in mind, this blog post is going to look at a few tips to keep your home-based business secure.
Have a Household Security System
When you have a home-based business, your house is also your office. As a result, you need to do all you can to protect that. To protect the valuables (both business and personal) you need to install some sort of home security system. This system should include things like burglar alarms, cameras, remote access and more.
In addition to keeping your business assets safe in the case of a robbery, this will also double as protection for your personal belongings. While these can sometimes be a little expensive, it is well worth it to ensure your home business is safe.
Protect The Information on Your Computer, Tablet or Phone
If you work from home, there is a good chance you are constantly using your computer, tablet or phone for business purposes. As a result, you need to go the extra mile in protecting the information on each device. Also, with human negligence leading to many data breaches you need to be extra careful.
This means using strong passwords and 2FA to ensure you’re the only one using them, use a piece of DLP software (data loss prevention) to prevent accidental leaks and more. If you live with anyone else, you need to make sure they know to leave your things alone and you should never leave your computer opened or unattended.
Secure Your Home Networks
While accidents, leaks and other issues are the primary causes of security issues in small businesses, hacks do occur. As a result, you need to do everything you can to not only secure the information and data on your computer, but also your network as a whole.
You should password-protect your WiFi and encrypt the connection, frequently update and change passwords, keep physical backups for files and more. You should also utilize firewalls and antivirus software on all devices, and make sure to update them whenever required to keep them working as expected. You could even consider hosting business devices on a seperate network, to ensure both personal and business info can’t be hacked at the same time.
Make Sure You are Properly Insured
While you likely have homeowners insurance, you should not just assume that it also covers business information and equipment. While some will protect certain types of business equipment, most won’t cover things like lost income, information or anything that you might be liable for.
As a result, you need to speak with your insurance provider to see if you need anything extra. If so, you will want to ensure you get that set up. Losing all of your information, data or machines without insurance could cost you a lot and could even ruin your business.
Hopefully this article has been able to help you keep your home-based business safe and secure.
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