With lots of us working remotely, more and more people are encountering IT issues in the home workspace. And when you have a tight deadline on a project, IT issues can kill your productivity.

Partners in Tech, an IT consulting and support company in Surprise, explains it this way, “All of your devices help you leverage your time. They make you more efficient in how you operate your business. But when your devices go down it means a loss of productivity at best, and at worse a loss of real revenue. You must prevent downtime, and when you cannot prevent it you must recover from it quickly. Big business knows this and invests a lot of time and money into improving their uptime.”

The good news is that there are some steps you can take to avoid IT issues while you work remotely — and most of them are very simple!

Four Ways to Avoid IT Issues While You’re Working Remotely

Check your router and modem

There are plenty of computer problems that can easily be traced back to a router or modem. A web speed test will help you determine whether your router or modem is supplying adequate Internet connection. You may also need to reset your router or modem in order to kickstart your system into behaving.

Hiring an IT services provider

Hiring an IT services provider is one way to avoid IT issues while you work remotely. It’s probably the easiest solution to any technical issues you have while working from home. You can work in tandem with an IT service provider in order to ensure your computer is functioning properly.

Look for browser issues

It’s very common for different browsers to come along with their own unique sets of issues. Regardless of whether you use Firefox, Chrome, or another browser, it’s very possible you’ll run into a browser problem at some point while you work remotely.

Fixing browser issues is simple. It can often be achieved by:

• Making sure you’re running the most up-to-date version of your browser (check your browser settings)

• Making sure media plugins are enabled (they can be easily disabled, which means you can’t see images and videos properly)

• A browser uninstall and reinstall to refresh everything

Check to see: does your computer have malware or viruses?

Unfortunately, malware and viruses can and do impact people when they work at home. It’s nice to have an Internet expert there for peace of mind if your computer “gets sick,” but it’s tough to ignore the signs of virus issues if there’s no help available to you.

• Limit your exposure to untrustworthy websites

• Only download things from reputable sites

• Don’t open or download content from strange or unknown senders

The steps above should help you avoid IT issues while you work remotely. You’ll benefit quite a bit from working with a qualified IT services provider to help ensure your home office is functioning as intended. Outside of that, though, there are plenty of steps you can take to protect your physical and data-based belongings.