If you are doing business from home, then you need to consider the security of your personal workplace.
If your kids are taking classes at home, they need to do so safely and securely.
Make Sure that at Minimum:
Tip #1) Your router has strong password protection.
Hackers can get into your home by breaking through your router. Many people don’t realize that the router has a generic password setting created at the factory. Be sure to change that default router security setting to one that’s unique to you. A strong custom password will go a long way towards frustrating potential cyberthieves.
Tip #2) Your computer has business-class antivirus and anti-malware (yes, even Macs).
If you are serious about your business then avoid using free consumer-level antivirus and anti-malware software. These basic programs are not up to the task of protecting important business data, or defending your computers from potential attack. When it comes to antivirus protection, you certainly get what you pay for. And while Macs until recently have been better protected, they are now the focus of increasing numbers of successful attacks. The cost of business-class protection is minimal compared to the potential loss of your livelihood.
Tip #3) Your computer and email are being continuously monitored and checked for issues.
Computers are like people – they can be sick for a while before symptoms break into the open. But unlike for people, there is technology available to continuously monitor the health of computers. And email can be checked for contamination, and potentially quarantined. The result? Alerts can be sounded, and steps taken before calamity strikes. Monitoring provides enormous peace of mind.
Tip #4) Backup of your computers and data is automated and continuous.
Too often people neglect to backup up their computers and data. Or they think they have backup…only to find when the computer crashes that the backup they were using required manual updating, and it’s been a year since the last time the program was run. Automated, continuous backup means that you never have to remember to close browser windows or software programs in order for a backup to succeed. It will just happen.
Tip #5) Whatever age or stage you’re in, DON’T share your passwords.
Protecting yourself and your clients (or your family, or your friends) starts with ensuring that your passwords are strong. But also be sure to keep those passwords closely-held, and away from prying eyes. Consider using a Password Manager.
If your streaming service or internet connections are slow, it might be because you’re getting too much WiFi interference. A mesh WiFi system is often the right solution.
Contact us if you have any questions, or if you want assistance with setting up a safer, more efficient home office.
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