A home office is a handy thing to have when you work from home or if you just want to work on your own projects in a professional place down the hall from your bedroom. Depending on the type of work you do, you may think that all you need is a trusty computer and your own brain. However, there is more to setting up a home office than just the basics. Besides the obvious items like a desk and a comfortable chair, there are several electronic devices that can help keep your home office running efficiently and safely. When you work from home, you may be handling papers and data files that are more important than would be produced by typical home activities. For that reason, you need to take some precautions to keep them safe.

A Quality Safe

Of course, the first thing you should consider when you are setting up a home office is a good safe. A safe will not only protect important papers from curious children or pets, but. It will also protect your valuable documents from potential fires or robberies. That way you can rest assured that your hard work will not be lost. Both electronic and key lock safes have their pros and cons. Key lock safes are often harder to crack but they require you to keep track of a key which can be hard to replace. An electronic safe like the Safewell SW-25FPN offers security with easy access to the user. Some, like this one, have biometric fingerprint technology which allows you into your safe with a simple swipe of your finger.

A Digital Shredder

When working at home it may become necessary for you to discard sensitive documents. If so, you will need a shredder to destroy the documents before you toss them out. In fact, it has even been suggested to run the most sensitive documents through the shredder twice because criminals have been known to piece lightly shredded documents together.

 A Multi-purpose Printer

Today, more and more businesses are going paperless but a printer is a good thing to have on the off chance that you need a physical copy of a document. A multi-purpose printer is even better.  You can get a device that prints, scans and sends faxes so that you’re covered if you need any of these features.

A Surge Protector

A surge protectoris an important feature in any home, especially when you are doing important work on your computer. During a thunderstorm it is best to unplug your computer. A surge caused by lighting is rare but if it occurs it will probably be too powerful for a surge protector to defend against. However, it can protect against surges caused by faulty wiring or other high-powered electronics.

Back Up Hard Drives and Power Supplies

If your defences fail you and something happens to your computer it is good to have a backup plan. A backup power supply will keep your files from being lost if the power goes out. A laptop, of course, has its own battery but if you are using a desktop you can get a separate backup power supply to protect it.

A backup drive is even more important. If your entire computer is corrupted, having your files backed up on a hard drive or on an internet backup service is essential. It could save months or even years of work.

If you are setting up a home office, don’t forget to consider these key items to work safely and securely from home.