Although Air Purifiers seem like a new innovation, they have actually been around for more than 200 years! They started out as protective masks for firefighters and have evolved over the years to highly effective and efficient air filtering devices that remove various types of particles from the air.
So, how do these small machines protect us from potentially dangerous airborne particles?
Air purifiers have very fine sieves that filter particles out of the circulating air. The finer the sieve, the smaller the particles it will trap. High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are the benchmark for air purifier filters, which are guaranteed to trap 99.97% of airborne particles larger than 0.3 microns in size. Microns are the standard unit that is used to measure the size of particles in the air. Each micron is equivalent to 1/25,400 of an inch. The naked eye cannot see anything that is smaller than 10 microns in size, so pollutants like bacteria and viruses cannot be seen.
The more that air passes through a HEPA filter, the cleaner the air will become. The room capacity of a HEPA air purifier will determine whether the air cleaner can handle your needs and/or if you require multiple air purifiers for your space.
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Working from home doesn’t mean you need to abandon the security safeguards put in place as there would be in a corporate office environment. In addition to making sure your work-from-home setup is comfortable and efficient, don’t forget to also ensure you are following these best practices for a secure home office.
1. Implement multifactor authentication
The benefit of laptops is that they are portable, allowing you to work from anywhere. However this also increases the risk that your laptop can be lost or stolen. Creating a multifactor authentication provides additional barriers for any hackers to try and access your device. Speak to your IT department about getting this setup for all your work devices.
2. Use strong passwords
Connecting your work computer to your private home network can increase the risk of leaked data. Prevent hackers from accessing your information by making it as difficult as possible to guess your password. Consider using a password manager that generates strong passwords for you, using a less predictable series of lower and uppercase letters, numbers and special characters.
3. Follow company policies to the letter
Your employer likely has clear policies for accessing the company network outside the office. Those guidelines and rules should always be followed. Also be sure to report any suspicious behavior to IT immediately, and continuously run any updates pushed through for your operating systems and antivirus/malware software.
4. Keep your physical workspace secure
It’s equally important to make sure that your home office is physically secure, much like it would be if you were in a corporate office environment. In addition to expensive equipment, you could have documents containing sensitive information that should also be protected. Consider options for locking up equipment and documents within your home, like locking cabinets, or even installing a home security system.
5. Don’t allow family members to use your work devices
Gavin Silver, director of operations at Blue Fountain Media, reminds remote workers that the computer they do their work on is for employee use only – it’s not the family computer.
“Treat your work-issued laptop, mobile device and sensitive data as if you were sitting in a physical office location,” Hay added. “This will help you continuously associate your actions with a security-first and data-aware mentality in mind. For example, in a physical office location … your child [couldn’t] use your work-issued mobile device for games or movies. If you think of your laptop and mobile devices as work-only assets, it makes it far easier to control access to sensitive data and remain data-aware.”
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We all hate the paper clutter! We’ve all had the ominous “to file” paper pile on our desk at one point. Some people can’t even recall the colour of the desk because it’s been so long since they didn’t have papers decorating the top! A cluttered desk, is a cluttered mind. Try to do a daily roundup of your papers and scan documents you would like to keep, and recycle or shred those you no longer need.
2. Saves time.
There’s no need to spend time searching through a filing cabinet of file folders to retrieve your documents when you have an electronic copy easily retrievable. According to a Harvard Business Review study, employees spend an average of 50% of their work time just finding documents.
3. Enables collaboration.
Storing files electronically allows anyone within your team to access them, no matter where they are located. Updates can be made easily, and in real-time, supporting a productive workflow amongst team members and ease for collaborative working.
4. More secure.
Paper is vulnerable to theft, loss and even disasters such as flood or fire. Keep your documents safe and secure by scanning them and storing them electronically.
5. Quicker response time.
Need approval or a signature? Instead of sending something by mail or courier, digital transmission of scanned documents allow for a response within minutes.
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