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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Getting Your Home And Office Security Right

All our personal possessions are kept inside these four brick walls such as passports, our insurance documents, birth certificates, car documents and spare keys. It makes sense to want to keep them safe, doesn't it? I used to work for an insurance brokers and managed to get a fabulous staff discount on my home insurance and one recommendation we used to make to our customers was that home security was paramount, and could contribute to a discounted premium. 

Now I have to shop around for insurance. Occasionally I try recommendations from family and friends, sometimes I use a broker similar to the one I used to work for but usually I turn to the online comparison websites which have become a great way to check one company against another. Another thing that's brought our home insurance down in price is having a lockable safe in the house. It helps that we have modern doors and new double glazing so our security is tip top - something that can be helped by using a burglar alarm. We have spare keys at my daughter's house and my brother-in-law's house but luckily, we've never had to use them yet.

Whether they are at home or away, a major concern for all homeowners is the security of their property, their families, and their belongings. These worries cause anxiety, stress and can even prevent homeowners from enjoying well-earned breaks. 

Lighting control can play an important role in safety and security for your home and office. Property owners often consider security before a holiday; deciding which lights to leave on, which blinds to close, and turning on security alarm systems. However, plans can change, and things can be forgotten, but security doesn’t need to be compromised. By introducing a lighting control system, homeowners and office managers can remotely access their lights via the use of apps, meaning that they can handle issues from anywhere, without the need to pre-programme.

After doing a bit of additional research, I’ve come up with these tips to help with security. 

Home security

Home security is definitive of the “means or method by which something is secured through a system of interworking components and devices”. There’s no one way to conduct your home safety routines, but there are some things worth bearing in mind:

  1. You should have a secure alarm system fitted in your home.
  2. Keys should only be left with those that you trust and not around or outside of the house.
  3. Doors should be locked. Speak to a reputable locksmith about the most secure door locking mechanisms. (Only 4 in 10 people lock their doors when leaving the house which seriously jeopardizes your safety).

Office security

While you should still be doing the above in your office too, there is also more to consider. Home security is vital to protect yourself and your family from both online and offline threats. But office security involves protecting the details of others (employees, clients etc.) too.

  1. All paper documents should be shredded once they are no longer needed.
  2. Files should be safely stored and managed, both online and offline.
  3. Passwords should be complex, should differ and should never be written down.

What’s the difference between home security and office security?

Can you just use the same security procedures for both home and office because, after all, security is security?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. Fitting an alarm alone won’t protect your office, just like installing a filing cabinet won’t protect your home. Security (especially document security) is an intricate topic and it’s always best to consult expert advice.

For both home and office alike, you’re going to need a comprehensive security regime – but they shouldn’t be identical.

Your home security should focus on the points made above, with extra focus placed on ensuring that your house is externally protected. This can be done via secure key management, alarm systems and neighbourhood watch schemes.

Your office security, on the other hand should be more document centric. Most offices will store a wide range of personal details that are subjectable to the risk of theft both online and offline.No t only does a sound security regime reduce this threat, but it also ensures that your business is on the right path to being GDPR compliant.

Security is paramount no matter where you are. At home, you have yourself and your family to protect. At work, you have yourself, your business and your co-workers to protect. There is always somebody or something else relying on you having ample security measures – so make sure that you get them right.

This is a partnered post.  You can read more about this on my disclosure policy.