If you’ve recently started your own business from home, you’re not alone. The pandemic showed us all just how important remote working is to the modern workforce, and being in charge of your own career is the best way to approach life.
However, this setup has also had teething problems! Most of all, how to separate your personal life from your working life. And to do that, you’re going to have to set some clear boundaries. Here are a few:
Use Different Devices
If you’ve got everything loaded onto one phone or tablet, change that habit right now! It’s best to use separate devices when you’re working from home, simply because it’s so easy to get lost in the confusion of all your files combined together.
And not only that! If you visit a questionable website or download something suspicious for personal amusement, this could then harm your work data that’s saved on the same device. But if you keep these two areas of your life separate in every way possible, you can keep control over valuable and delicate data much more securely.
Update as Often as Possible
It’s been hammered in time and time again, but it’s important! If you don’t update your devices or the software you use, anything could make its way in. This is especially true if patch notes reveal fixes for potential malware backdoors or other security issues. Never put an update off, even if it means having to restart your PC.
Put a Lock on the Door
Locking the door is a good way to keep kids and pets out (as well as any partners who like to pull pranks!), but it’s also another way you can keep your company data safe in general. It’s natural to lock the house up before you go to bed, but adding another layer of security to your working space can mean peace of mind.
For example, working with a service like Access Control Systems to put an electronic lock on the door can make your digital systems work for you. A lock like this would be linked to a smartphone or the thumbprint you use to open up your home screen, and only you can manage that.
Store Data Securely
Storing your data is more than just putting it in a file and then locking it behind a password protected start screen. It’s also about encrypting that data, as well as storing it separately to your main working system.
If everything is downloaded onto a hard drive you can disconnect, there’s no way potential malware on your computer can access it when it’s not plugged in. You can lock this up in a cabinet when you're finished with it and/or use it as a backup if you ever need to ‘wipe’ the drives of your main devices.
Gaining a bit more privacy when working from home means taking preventative steps. Your workspace will end up just as secure as a corporate office!
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