How Can I Keep My Home Office Safe?

How Can I Secure My Home Office?

May 24, 2021 by

The opportunity to work from home offers many benefits, including the chance to free yourself from daily commutes, and the ability to complete your tasks with great freedom and flexibility. This is particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as you now merge your home and work life, it’s important to consider any additional security measures that may be necessary to safeguard both your loved ones and your source of income. Some of these security measures may have been arranged at your workplace by your employer or building manager.

As you enjoy the comfort of working from home, keep in mind that your safety and security is now in your hands. Upgrading your home security system in Toronto can prevent you from falling victim to cyber attacks, burglary, and vandalism. Most home offices tend to have some physical resources such as digital assets, equipment, furniture, and inventory that could make your home a target. Taking effective, preventative measures can help to reduce the chances of your home office being a target of crime.

There are various security measures that you can consider for your safety and prevention efforts, including:

1. Installing a video doorbell

Reports indicate that the vast majority of burglaries (about 84%) involve a breach of the victim’s residence or building. As such, it’s important that any security improvement efforts start by focusing on the uncontrolled or poorly secured access points. One way to improve the security of your front door is by installing a smart doorbell. A video doorbell comes integrated with a camera, microphone, speaker, and motion sensor to let you detect and see who’s approaching your front door, record them, and talk to them through your smartphone from wherever you are.

With a smart doorbell, you won’t have to leave your desk or home office to see who’s knocking at your door. By monitoring any visitors and activity in your front door area via your smartphone, you can minimize distractions and be more productive.

2. Upgrading your security system

When working from home, you need to consider the type of security system that will address any additional risks that may affect your business. Generally, the amount of protection you need will depend on the size of your property and nature of your business. It’s important to consult a professional security company to assist you in identifying the essential components, such as:

  • Motion sensors, which can trigger an alarm if there’s unexpected movement in certain areas or at unusual times. They can be integrated with other smart devices to activate lights and cameras.
  • Video cameras: you may require both indoor and outdoor cameras, and place them strategically.
  • Intrusion sensors or glass break detectors: these will trigger an alarm in case a door/window is opened or glass is broken.

You may consider additional security components such as smart locks, panic buttons, CO detectors, fire alarms, and flooding alarms to protect your home business from unexpected risks.

3. Installing smart locks and smart garage control

If your business deals with inventory that is stored in your garage, then you must be even more vigilant about enhancing the security of your home. Leaving the door unlocked or wide open, even for a short period of time, can create an opportunity for theft of your merchandise and other valuables if your garage is attached to your house. Installing smart locks and smart garage control as part of your home security system can give you complete access control over all entries into your home.

4. Automating your security system

Many people working from home tend to gravitate toward smart tech to save on time and energy. So, while you focus on your business at home, you can make other functions such as protecting your home office from intruders or fires, adjusting the thermostat, or turning on/off the lights in other rooms as convenient as possible. A smart home security system can be easily controlled via an app on your smartphone.

If other smart devices such as smart lights, locks, and thermostat are integrated with your security system, then you can conveniently set or disarm the alarm and perform other basic functions without leaving your office desk. Moreover, your smart home security kit may include wireless motion sensors, contact sensors, video cameras, and other accessories that allow you to monitor your home office remotely from anywhere in the world.

5. Alarm monitoring

The components of your home security system can be controlled from your central control panel or remotely through an app on your smartphone. You can also connect your control panel to a monitoring centre that will monitor and respond to any security events in your home, round the clock, thus giving you peace of mind when you need to step away from your home office to meet a client, pick up supplies, or perform other tasks.

6. Securing your data

If you have a home-based paperless office, then your security plan should include protecting your business from physical attacks, but also Internet crimes. This includes protecting your computer from viruses and malware, backing up your files regularly, securing your Internet connection with a firewall or data encryption, and setting a password for the computer account you use for business.

In addition, if you need to install various software programs to assist with your operations, then make sure to invest in a reputable company that offers reliable support services so you can get timely updates and help when you need it.

Home Security with Canadian Security Professionals

Keep in mind that home security systems in Toronto are provided as customizable solutions that address your unique concerns. Rather than a one-size-fits-all package, you have the option to choose the security components you want and even gradually integrate more as your home security needs change. To make the right choice when getting started, simply consult your local professional security providers.

If you had a basic home alarm system and now want to safeguard your home office against fire, carbon monoxide, flood damage, and other dangers, or perhaps integrate motion-activated surveillance security cameras and add various smart components to boost your protection against burglary, then it’s just a matter of getting in touch with your security system provider to design your new home security system within your budget.

For more details on how to secure your home office and information on our other home security systems, please call Canadian Security Professionals at +1 877-229-7252 or contact us here.

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