Tips for Ensuring your Home Office is Safe & Secure!


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.”


If you’re looking for more tips or product solutions for ensuring a safe & secure home office environment, we can help!  Contact us and one of our product specialists would be happy to discuss your specific needs.

Free DIY Printables to Laminate


Need to whip up a sign to communicate with customers? Are you a teacher looking to bring new teaching resources into the classroom? Or are you looking for new ways to stay organized at home? We’ve got you covered with this list of eye-catching printables that can help you achieve all the above by simply downloading, customizing as you need, print and then laminate for durability!


  
  

For Businesses

Communicate with customers and employees about your COVID-19 safety precautions with these clear, concise and vibrant printable signs.

Here are some helpful signs to help communicate inside or outside the office – from Open and Entrance signs to Do Not Disturb. Download these signs and customize them as you wish!

There are some great printable lists here, like “to do” lists, sign-in sheets and a washroom cleaning checklist.

These day planner printables will help to keep you organized and on track!

 

For Teachers

There are no shortage of handy printables here to help in the classroom!

  1. Flash Cards
  2. Worksheets
  3. Charts, Signs & Other Organization Aids
  4. Awards, Games & Other Learning Ideas

 

For Home

Create your own Holiday cards or decorations with these printables!

Stay organized at home with these charts, checklists, planners and more!

Here are some fun printables to create your own crafts & games.

 


 

We hope you take advantage of some of these free printables for your workplace, home…or both! Shop our store for all the supplies you need to really make these projects POP!

 

Office Spring-Cleaning: Tips for Re-Organizing Your Workspace


May is finally here, and so is the warmer weather. It’s time to pack up the winter clothing and do some spring-cleaning – both at home and at the office. Let’s face it, you’ve been hibernating behind those stacks of paper on your desk for long enough. And the fact of the matter is, it’s impacting your work performance.  Studies show office clutter undermines productivity and motivation.

Businessman sitting at messy desk

Fortunately, Forbes magazine offers some helpful tips on how to streamline the mess and keep your office tidy year-round:

1)     Prearrange a weekly appointment to clean

2)     Don’t make piles; set limits

3)     Your desktop is not a storage space (that’s what desk drawers are for)

4)     Get it off the floor

5)     Eliminate digital clutter (organize your inbox as you would your filing cabinet)

6)     Disinfect regularly

A survey by Adecco found that 75 per cent of workers believe people are most productive when their workspace is clean. Start spring off right – with a fresh desk and a renewed enthusiasm at work.