It's one thing to set up the basic elements of your home office, such as your computer, printer, desk, chair, etc. Setting up your office in a manner that safeguards your data and equipment is whole different challenge. Simply buying the proper equipment isn't enough; you need the proper software so you can work without worrying about hackers and viruses. Today, we'll discuss how to keep your home office equipment and data safe and up to date.
Too many people assume the anti-virus software that came pre-loaded on their computer will be sufficiently effective. This is a common misconception that can end up wreaking havoc on computers and home office productivity. You need proven anti-virus protection that's regularly updated so it can guard your data and computer against the latest threats. Do your research before committing to a brand of anti-virus software; free programs often prove ineffective against many digital attacks.
When you purchase a new computer, keep in mind that if it comes with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) you'll only have a free 30-day trial, and then you'll have to make a purchase to continue using it. To buy Microsoft Office for your computer, you have two options. One option is to make a one-time purchase of $149 to $229 (for now), depending on which programs you need. While this may seem like the lower-cost solution on the surface, the programs will soon be out of date, and you'll have to make another purchase in a few years if you want to keep the latest version on your computer.
Your other option is getting a yearly subscription to Microsoft Office 365, which is available for personal, home office, or business use. The most common version for home use ranges from $69 per year for a single user to $99 for up to five users (family package).
Privacy tools prevent miscreants from tracking your computer activity and stealing your personal information. These tools can allow you to browse the web with anonymity, efficiently manage your passwords, encrypt your email, securely eliminate sensitive data from your computer, and notify you if anyone is tracking your online activity. Privacy apps and software that allow you to sync data in an encrypted state across several devices with backup are also worth considering.
When considering the setup of your home office, keep in mind that some of the items you purchase might be tax deductible, so keep all of your receipts after you make your purchases. This is true for one-time purchases, such as computers, as well as monthly bills relevant to your home business, like internet access.
Malware Protection You Can Trust
You won't be able to enjoy your home office to the fullest unless you are fully protected. Nor will you be able to work to the best of your ability if your data and electronics are vulnerable to attacks. The bottom line is that peace of mind promotes higher quality work. You need a rock-solid malware plan for optimal protection and productivity. Your malware should identify suspicious programs as well as anything that interferes with your network. Review all potential vulnerabilities, such as network-accessible software, removable media like USB keys, and weak passwords.
Your best offense is a robust defense. Install modern anti-virus protection; control the software that's installed and operated on your computer; restrict access to the network; protect your web browsing activities; and always stay up to date with security patches.
If you have any sort of trouble with your computer, you need a repair, or you'd like advice on how to set up your home office, our tech experts can help. We can even tend to your tech woes with in-home assistance. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment by clicking below, and we'll be in touch with you soon. Dymin is located in Urbandale and serves the Greater Des Moines area.