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You probably already think about protecting your home for personal reasons. Obviously, nobody wants their home to be broken into. Now that many people are working remotely, or have a home-based business, home security takes on even more importance. There are a few more things to consider, so you have to have a robust home security plan to keep your family and business safe.
This is especially considering that if people know that you run a business out of your home, then it becomes a very attractive target.
In this article, I will go over several ways that you should keep your home business safe and secure.
1 – Upgrade your security system
If all that you have for security is a home alarm system, then your home security is underprepared.
These days, home security systems that are cloud-based and link to your wifi are best because they offer a wide range of benefits. For instance, you can have a camera set up that triggers when it detects motion. This way, you can log in remotely and see what is happening at your front door.
Of course, if somebody were to break in, then it would also trip an alarm that would alert you in real-time and send a message to the police as well. But, having the camera can help deter the thief in the first place or help identify them later on if they do manage to get into your house.Use these tips to help you protect your privacy if you run a home-based businessClick To Tweet
This also includes using a smart door lock that can be opened remotely. If you ever lock yourself out of the house, then you don’t have to worry as your app will open it for you. It goes beyond that, though.
Let’s say you are expecting an important delivery for your business and you aren’t home. When the delivery person arrives, you will see them remotely on your smartphone as you’ll be alerted. Then, you can use the door lock app to open it, allowing them to leave the package in your house, so it doesn’t get stolen before you get home.
This also works great for when you have a pet sitter coming to your home when you aren’t there. It means you don’t have to give the physical key to anyone!
2 – Secure your internet
Your home business likely uses a lot of sensitive data. If somebody were to access your network, then this would be much worse than if they got your personal data. Your entire business and livelihood are at risk if your network is not secure.
The most basic way to secure your wifi or network is to have a strong password that you change frequently.
Also, however, you should make sure that you encrypt the wifi connections so that a hacker can’t access it.
And, lastly, have your files backed up regularly. Then, store them on a safe zip drive that is not online so it can’t be altered in any way.
3 – Have the right insurance
You probably already have homeowner’s insurance if you work out of a home that you own. However, you’ll need to take a closer look at your policy because it is unlikely that it covers your business as well as your personal effects.
This is undoubtedly the way it goes when considering if your data were to be stolen. It would almost certainly cover your business equipment being stolen like a computer or printer.
Still, other integral parts of your business will need to be covered by a policy that includes your business. Stay safe!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.