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Using cloud software and internet connections to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has seemingly immobilized countries all across the world as business and life as usual has come to an abrupt halt.


While we must protect ourselves from the highly contagious coronavirus, we must also continue to live our daily lives while meeting the needs of our personal & professional obligations. Since most businesses across several different industries are closing due to the virus, cloud-based solutions for remote communication & collaboration are essential.

One of the major differences that people working from home have to contend with is that of not having access to the equipment & infrastructure that they once did. In order to work from home you need access to a stable and reliable internet connection, aside from internet you also need the accessories & tools required to complete your job successfully.

If you’ve never used cloud software independent of your job and want to learn more, we’ve got you covered.

Essentials of cloud connectivity
Chances are if you’re using cloud software to conduct your professional work from home you need to communicate. The first thing you need to get is a microphone or headphones with a microphone enabled. You’ll also need to make sure that you have enough displays to handle your workload, this is optional however major corporations oftentimes used multiple monitors for their employees.

To maximize your productivity when conducting your work at home, you need to ensure that you have the following:
Dedicated workspace
High-speed internet connection
Time-management skills
Up to date laptop
Access to cloud-based chat services & tools

Once you have all of the tools to connect and stay in tune with your employer, it’s time for you to secure your computer & all related work materials.

Securing your computer
Since you’ll be working with your company’s personal information databases, protocols, and systems while working at home, you will need to ensure that you secure your network and computer while working. To do so, you need to follow a few simple steps that will protect you while online.

Here are some of the best security tips for working at home during the cvoid-19 pandemic:
Use strong passwords to login to all of the essential systems used for your work
Never leave your devices unsecured while you’re away
Fully encrypt the disk of the computer that you’re using to work
Make sure that you logout of any accounts you’re not using

For companies navigating this difficult landscape, it’s recommended that you only allow employee access to organization systems by way of a company owned device. This is the best way to maintain a consistent level of security across all of your company’s infrastructure while the organization works from home.

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