Working From Home
Do you spend many late nights at the office finishing up work? Many small business owners are workaholics and spend hours after everyone else is gone finishing up the important work left from the day. The way to avoid staying late in some cases is by offering remote access to yourself or your employees. Remote access can give you secure access to your work desktop and allow you to finish up the work you need to from somewhere else. Then you can print, file, organize, and do the rest of the work you need to do to finish up. Finally, a way to have dinner with the family.
Another use case for remote access is the road warrior sales person or account manager who needs to be able to work remotely from wherever they are. Certainly there are ways to do this safely, but it will start with the employee following safe procedures. Moreover as the business manager, you have no way to make sure he doesn’t have your competitor standing behind him watching what he types. Therefore, a trust should be established and the minimum amount of information accessible in the case of sales. There are many more factors that should go into this setup for it to succeed.
Remote access is a risky proposition from the start. Many times, a hacker is trying to get remote access to steal your data. So by setting that up, you’re making it easier in one way for a hacker to get your information. That being said, remote access can be setup and used securely and has been used for years by larger companies to increase productivity and allow for workers on the road to dial in. The way to setup a secure remote access solution can vary, but it needs to be done through a secure, managed, patched system. That system will give your people and you the means to jump into a computer at work and grab that file they need to finish up.