While running an internet business from home may save you money on work clothes, commutes and outings, there are precautions you still need to take as a business owner who works from home.
You need to make sure you’re setting aside money for taxes each month, you need to work during your most productive hours, you need to get out and socialize every now and then and, most importantly, you need to make sure your network is protected.
Without safeguarding your network, you run the risk of being hacked, other’s using your network without you knowing and losing important data.
With anything, you have to be protected, and the internet is no exception.
Take the Simple Route
Simple ways that you can go about protecting your network include changing your administrative password often (make it something unique each time, with a combination of numbers, letters and symbols), turning off your network’s name (this is called your service set identifier, or SSID) and checking regularly for people who are using your system.
The article “5 Things you can do to safeguard your network” goes into a bit more depth on the necessary requirements to protecting your connection.
They first recommend using a network discovery tool. This tool easily tells you which areas of your network are more vulnerable, or more likely to be hacked.
The article also recommends installing antivirus software and network firewall to safeguard your network, backing up all of your files, keeping your software up to date and backing up your network configuration settings.
Avoid the Hackers
Did you know that an estimated 30,000 websites are hacked each day?
If you run a business from home and your income is dependent on your website, you cannot afford to risk it being hacked.
Not only will you lose valuable information and create a plethora of time-consuming problems for yourself, you could risk losing your business and having to start from scratch.
It’s vital – for the sake of your personal information and the sake of your business – that you take the necessary precautions to avoid being hacked.
Start with the easy steps, first changing your passwords, turning off your network’s name and backing up all of your data.
Then, use a free or low-cost network discovery tool and install antivirus software onto your computer. None of these items cost a fortune and all will help protect your network from hackers.
While none of the methods are completely, 100 percent guaranteed, by combining a variety of different safeguarding methods you will significantly decrease your odds of being hacked.
Again, your business and your future are dependent on this.
Do not take the easy way out and avoid safeguarding your network.
Make this just as much of a priority as growing your home business and gaining new clients is.
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About the Author: Sarah Brooks is a freelance writer living in Charlotte, NC. She writes on a variety of topics including small businesses, social media and personal finance.