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Is Your Home Office Secure?

May 5th, 2011 – Today is a time when an increasing number of people are conducting business out of their home office. With the home office space a popular alternative, there comes many perks and benefits, such as keeping overhead low, the favorable tax deduction, and the simple pleasure of convenience. But when operating a business out of the home, there are two things a business owner needs to consider – company security and reliable technology. Technology gives us the capability to work from home knowing our business is secure. However, protecting your home and business today is not the same as it was 10 years ago.

Physical Security
Criminals are getting smarter and the need for reliable protection is necessary. Advances in technology have evolved the virtual office, giving individuals the opportunity to work from home and run their business out of their home. Because of this, you now have personal valuables and confidential business information all in the same location. “Staying a step ahead of an intruder is vital in the proper protection of your home and your business. A reliable security system and cellular monitoring will keep your home and business on the cutting edge of intrusion prevention technology,” states Hunter Pardue, owner of Pardue Sound and Security.

Internet Security
It is a common misconception among home owners that their home computer network is secure. After all, you initially had to set up a network password in order to access your home internet. Most people are unaware that their home office network is unprotected. There are two easy precautions that can be taken to avoid falling victim to harmful attacks to your computer and your data. Microsoft operating systems have a built-in firewall that helps monitor and protect internet traffic. This firewall should be turned ON to prevent hackers from accessing your network. Secondly, you need to protect your computer from harmful viruses and malware by installing an all-in-one anti-virus/anti-spyware/anti-malware software package. Microsoft offers applications for free like Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) that can be downloaded from their website. ThreatFire is another great program with great reviews, and is also available to download for free.

Document Security
Establish your home office as “your home office”. It should be designated as your place to conduct business and your safe haven where you can productively carry out your job responsibilities. Important business documents lay on your desk, important files are hidden away in the filing cabinet and essential documents exist on your hard drive. Whether you are the business owner or an on-the-road sales representative, your job position and company depend on document security.

Data Security
The company data could lie in your hands if you are the business owner. As an employee, your existing files support your existence with the company. Data backup can aid in the longevity of your company, preventing catastrophic termination. An external hard drive is a wise and economically appealing option to save your company in the event of mass destruction.

Communication Security
Effective communication begins with reliable solutions. No matter the physical location of your office, you need to trust that you have concrete methods to communicate with your customers. VoiceNation is an innovative telecommunications company that will customize and implement a virtual system to meet the specific needs of your business. Through Voicemail and live answering services, VoiceNation will ensure you never miss a call again, delivering prompt message retrial, vital in today's market place.

The fundamentals of business security are no longer comparable to the past. In today's business world, companies must strive to protect themselves, utilizing advanced technology and the innovative services available.

About VoiceNation:

VoiceNation, America's leader in virtual PBX and voicemail was founded in 2002 by President Jay Reeder and opened their Next Generation call centers in 2009. The company has grown to serve more than 40,000 customers including FEMA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Dell, AIG and the U.S. Coast Guard. They leverage the very latest in proprietary technology solutions in order to deliver quality call answering services at the lowest cost to their customers. To learn more about VoiceNation and their services, please visit http://www.voicenation.com/.

For more information, contact:
Graham C. Taylor
Media Relations
1.866.766.5050, ext. 150
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