When you are busy with the day-to-day tasks of running your small business, you may sometimes find yourself wondering if there are more steps that you can take to ensure that all of your business information, equipment, and files are as secure as possible. However, you may not have any ideas as to how you could start improving your small business security. There are many different pieces of office equipment that you can invest in to help improve your small business security and give yourself more peace of mind that you are doing everything you can to keep your business running securely and smoothly.
Purchase a High Security Paper Shredder
Paper documents are one of the biggest vulnerabilities that small businesses can have. Tax records, paper employee files, bank statements, and the like are easy to fish out of trash can or recycling bin to gain information from.
If you do not use a paper shredder for such documents or you use only a basic shredder designed for home use, you can still leave your business documents vulnerable to theft and malicious use. Standard paper shredders usually only shred paper into vertical strips or occasionally cross-cut paper.
However, a high security paper shredder will provide you with a great deal more protection. These paper shredders basically turn your discarded paper into mulch. The size of the remnants of your paper documents are often less than a quarter of an inch in length and width, sometimes even mere millimeters in size. There will be no way for anyone to access the information on your shredded documents when you invest in a high security paper shredder.
Place Security Filters on Your Computer and Laptop Monitors
Another issue in your small business may be that customers and other staff member could easily look at your computer monitors and get sensitive information simply by looking over your shoulder. In order to minimize the risk of people seeing information on your computers that you do not want them to, you can purchase security filters to place on your desktop computer monitors and laptop monitors.
These thin sheets make the screen appear completely blank from the side or angles (such as over your shoulder) so that you can continue to work securely even if people are around you. You, however, will still be able to see your screen just fine without any distortion or issue. As an added bonus, many of these security filters also protect the surface of your screens from damage improving the longevity of your monitors.
Now that you have a couple of ideas for how basic office equipment can improve your small business security, you can make the purchases you need to improve your business operations.