QBScott Indianapolis, INSource: Small Business Trends | Repost QBScott 12/3/2020 – 

Remote work has enabled businesses to weather the storm of the pandemic and adapt to new work environments while keeping business going. Yet, with employees now working remotely, the line between personal and professional data has been blurred and that comes with significant risk.

While companies focus on matching productivity and collaboration to that of office times, they can lose focus on the growing concern of data surveillance and misuse. Thanks to GDPR and CCPA regulations, businesses are now held to more stringent standards when it comes to collecting and handling data. However, with the pandemic to distract focus, the number of data breaches continues to grow and businesses continue to ignore potential vulnerabilities.

Adding complexity to the issue, remote work has expanded data surveillance capacity by allowing third parties to gather data not only from our business applications, laptops, and phones, but also from our smart home devices including smart TVs, home hubs, and even smart refrigerators. For homes with these smart devices, this monitoring has grown to such an extent that almost every aspect of our work and personal lives has been touched by surveillance, yet still many businesses are unaware of how damaging it can be for business.

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Author: Scott Meister, CPA

I help small businesses, accountants, bookkeepers, office managers, and business owners with their accounting needs. I’ve used QuickBooks since 2002 and train folks on how to use it efficiently. I create high-quality video training tutorials for QuickBooks and post them on QBScott.com.

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