With so many people working from home, data security has never been more important, but there is more to security than locking down your Wi-Fi network. Physical security is just as important, and deficiencies in how you store and dispose of your files could be devastating.
Protecting the physical integrity of your home office and your surroundings is vital. Whether you are telecommuting for your employer or running your own home-based business, the nine timely tips listed below can help you safeguard your office and protect your files.
- Use blinds or curtains to shield your home office from the outside world. From the outside, your home office should look like nothing more than another room in your house, so invest in window treatments to make that happen.
- Lock your physical documents away in a secure file cabinet. They may not be as ubiquitous as they once were, but locking file cabinets still have their place, and that place is in your home office.
- Shred all business documents before discarding them. Trash diving is a real thing, and it could prove disastrous for your employer or home-based business. Running your documents through a shredded before trash day will render them useless to corporate spies, nosy neighbors and anyone else who could harm your business.
- Install a separate lockset on the door of your home office. Having a separate lock on your home office is a great way to keep your files safe. Once that lock is installed, close the door when you are not working and keep it securely locked.
- Deter thieves with motion detectors, lights and other physical security upgrades. Perimeter security is critical for all at-home businesses, and installing a combination of motion detectors, bright lights, glass break sensors and alarms is a great way to keep your home office, and the rest of your property, safe from thieves.
- If your home office has a separate exterior door, secure it with a solid deadbolt. Also consider installing a heavier duty door to further protect your home and your in-home office.
- Tag all office equipment with serial numbers and other identification information. Maintain a database of that information in case anything is ever stolen.
- Trim shrubs and bushes around the windows of your home office. Make sure you can see out clearly and that would-be burglars do not have a place to hide.
- Ask for identification when receiving deliveries to your home-based business. Be sure to lock your computer screen and mobile devices before answering the door.
Home office security has never been more important than it is today. With millions of former cubicle dwellers now working from home, physical data security is an essential part of the picture. Whether you are trying to safeguard data for a far off employer or protecting your own client information, the nine security tips listed above are all good places to start.
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