There are a variety of ways that you can work remotely. For example you could use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). This can be used to encrypt your network and allows you to work as though you are in the office meaning if anything happens to the device you are using remotely, then it shouldn’t matter in terms of your data as it will be stored elsewhere. You can also save your data to the cloud which will also mean that if your device is stolen, damaged etc. then your data will not be lost.
However, if you are storing data locally to the device you are using, then you must ensure that this data is backed up or else the data will be lost if anything does happen to that device. You must also take in to account the security of your devices. If you are working on a desktop, is it secure? Are you the only one who knows your password or do the people you are living with know it? If they need the password then is all the data on this PC either back up or password protected so they cannot alter or lose it? All of these are things you need to consider. Of course keeping up with device and anti-virus updates is also important to ensure the protection of your device.
A lot of people have been reaping the benefits of remote working, but it is still important to remember to ask yourself key questions whilst you work. Where is my data stored and if it stored locally then is it backed up and how is my device protected? Of course we aren’t recommending that you purposely lose any devices you use remotely but making sure you are aware of where your data is stored will be incredibly handy in the event of you losing a device. 121 IT offer a wide range of remote working setups; including local, cloud and hybrid/cloud data storage solutions that could benefit you and your company. If you would like to know more, please get in touch.