Why Every Work from Home Employee Needs a Privacy Filter
Privacy filters are an easy way to increase the security of any computer. First off, they help to limit the viewing angle to the monitor. Instead of being able to read a screen from across the room, privacy filters show as a black screen. The viewing area is a small, narrow range of angles. This allows people to browse without having to worry about someone reading over their shoulder. Most of the time, this is a great idea. When it comes to work from home employees, it’s a great one. Every business should provide employees who work from home with privacy filters. If the company doesn’t, every work from home employee should get one on their own.
Laptops are vulnerable to theft
All laptops are vulnerable to theft. Don’t think that you can leave your laptop in a café just because it has a privacy filter on it. On the other hand, laptops are more likely to be snagged if they obviously have valuable information on them. A thief is more likely to grab the laptop you’ve left open to your bank account than the one that’s blank. Additionally, if someone can see you working during the day, they’re more likely to target that laptop. It might have information that they can sell, or that your company would pay to get back—or that you might, so your company never finds out that you lost the laptop.
Do you always work from home from home
One of the best things about many work from home jobs is that you don’t even have to work from home. You can log a few hours at home in the morning, and go out for a late lunch. Open your laptop in the café and log another couple of hours while sipping your latte and polishing off a sandwich or two. This is one of the best things about working from home.
However, if you’re working from outside the home, you need to be extra cautious about security. Not every coffee shop or lunch place is going to have the right security on their internet. They’re also not going to be safe from prying eyes. You don’t want the guy next to you at the coffee bar to know that your product is undergoing some third quarter difficulties. You also don’t want him to see a password or a business-eyes only memo. Even if nothing ever comes of it, it’s not professional to let this kind of information set out in the open. You may think that you know when you’re being watched, but even moms don’t really have eyes in the back of their head.
Sensitive information shouldn’t be shared with family
This is a sticking point for people who work from home on a regular basis. Privacy filters can keep out the prying eyes of strangers, even the people you love the most. Even though you know that your spouse or child is never going to use this information to your competitor’s advantage, they still shouldn’t have access to your business’s information. Letting them walk into your office and see what you’re working on is the same as leaving an open briefcase in the living room. It’s not the end of the world and probably no one will know, but it’s unprofessional. You can, and should, do better.
Shows your commitment to security
As a work from home employee, you’re trusted with sensitive information and client lists. By installing privacy filters, you show that you take this important information seriously. Many workers have access to valuable information, such as customer addresses, credit card information, and more. Installing a privacy filter is a good (and inexpensive) way to show initiative in keeping this information safe.
Standard issue covers all bases
For employers looking to cover all their security bases, privacy filters are an extra layer of protection. While less expensive than fitting your machines with state of the art security software, privacy filters can help to minimize the risks of overseen and stolen data. Issuing them to every work from home employee, regardless of their security level, is a way to be sure nothing slips through the cracks. They’re cheap enough to make getting them a breeze. Plus, if someone is promoted they are already equipped to securely handle their new responsibilities.
While privacy filters won’t stop any and all information theft, they will help prevent crimes of opportunity. Your work from home employees won’t be making themselves a target if they step out of the house. Additionally, work from home employees can take the initiative to keep all of their work information secure. While your family members probably won’t be in a place to take advantage of anything they actually see, allowing it is still a breach of good practices. Why run the risk when it’s so easy to nip it in the bud with privacy filters?