Security is extremely important in the workplace. By implementing best practice security procedures, processes and products, you will help to ensure the security and safety of your premises, assets, and staff. It is vital to protect your business with good quality security systems and processes.

Use a password on your Laptop or Computer – Common Passwords Are Bad Passwords

We all like to use a password that may remind of us our first pet, home town etc but if you use a password that is easy to remember then it will be guessed very easily and will put your data in danger. 

From the 20 most common passwords below which one are you guilty of using?

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. abc123
  5. qwerty
  6. monkey
  7. letmein
  8. dragon
  9. 111111
  10. iloveyou
  11. trustno1
  12. 1234567
  13. sunshine
  14. master
  15. 123123
  16. welcome
  17. shadow
  18. ashley
  19. football
  20. password1

If you have one of these passwords, change it now!

The best passwords to use are ones over 8 characters, complex, include lower case, upper case, numbers and non-alpha character passwords.

Workplace Security

Is one of the highest concerns for all businesses, regardless of their size and industry.  Any threat to the business assets or the employees can incur heavy losses on businesses.   Securing your premises with cameras and alarms can help to keep your office secure and ensure that your employees feel safe in their working environment.

Every company should have an Environmental, safety and Health Policy Statement or a workplace safety plan.

Five steps to improve workplace security

  1. Appoint a Workplace Safety Coordinator
  2. Promote your workplace security system
  3. Secure all electronic gadgetry
  4. Check all exit and enter points regularly
  5. Train your employees    

Document Security

There are many laws within the UK which state how businesses must store and keep data secure, as well as how they should dispose of it when necessary.  This includes both digital as well as physical documents such as paper, hard drives, discs etc.  

All offices should have a document security system in place.

Any personal client information should be stored in cabinets or cupboards with a lock and out of sight to visitors.

Confidential information should be shredded and a certificate of destruction obtained. 

Top benefits of document shredding

  1. Gives both clients and businesses the peace of mind that their information has been destroyed properly.
  2. Shredding documents in a secure location will keep you compliant with regulations.
  3. You limit the risk of criminals obtaining your information.

And finally – If you ever spot anything suspicious – always report it