Hey, in these crazy times, as employers, we all have employees working from home…and although I’m not going to be able to give you advice on where to go for a good haircut, I am in a position to be able to give you three pretty good tips on how to keep your business information safe when your employees are working from home.
Do They Have a SECURE Internet Connection? TIP 1
First thing you need to do is make sure that your employees actually are working from a secure internet connection from their house. They really should be working with a WPA2 connection. And I think most people have that nowadays at their houses.
But there are some older systems that are still out there being used and they’re using a WEP key, which is not very secure. So, you want to make sure that that they’re not using that.
Do They LOCK Their Computer When They Leave It Unattended? TIP 2
Second thing – Make sure that when your employees are working from home, that they still actually lock their computer when they are done for the day (or even leave the room)…so your business data is safe. The mere fact that they’re working from home and not in your office doesn’t mean that the information that they’re working with can’t be stolen or mistakenly sent to somebody.
I mean, a lot of us have little kids running around and who’s to say you get up and leave, little Johnny comes and starts tapping on the computer keys, and says “Can I get on Facebook?”
Next thing you know all of your business information is sent to little Johnny’s 150 closest friends. You don’t want to get into that situation.
Do They Have a Separate Work Computer? TIP 3
Lastly, make sure that you give your employees their own computer to work from home. Don’t expect or ask your employees to use their personal computer to do your work. You want to keep church and state separated, so to speak. When they’re working on your business, you want to make sure that they’re using your computer. You don’t want them paying their personal bills on your computer or your business bills on their personal computer…it just doesn’t mix. Not a good thing. We at INF hope these tips help you out.