Since the coronavirus pandemic shut down offices across the world, many people have been forced to work from home. While shops and restaurants may be starting to reopen, it might be the case that offices are one of the last places to reopen. Many employers don’t want to take the unnecessary risk of bringing their staff back together. As it looks like we could be working from the dining table for a lot longer, here are some pieces of technology you’ll need when working from home.
The most important thing to have when working from home is a security system installed onto your device. If you work with sensitive personal data, you must protect it from being stolen by cybercriminals. By installing something like a firewall, you can protect yourself from accessing malicious websites that are designed for the sole purpose of stealing data. Some examples, including the SonicWall Firewall even included added extras like VPNs. This stands for Virtual Private Network, which encrypts any data that you submit online. Cybercriminals can be spying on you while accessing even the most trusted websites, so it’s important you keep yourself and your business protected.
A webcam and microphone
Before the coronavirus pandemic, the idea of a webcam and a microphone would have seemed outdated to many. Some laptop companies had even stopped designing devices with built-in cameras and microphones. Now that it’s impractical to meet in person, most organisations are using networking software like Skype, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams to conduct virtual meetings. Even if you do have an internal webcam or microphone, you might want to upgrade the technology to an external device. If you meet with clients, it’s essential that you can communicate clearly, and a bad set up could make you look unprofessional.
An external hard drive
If you are working on your own personal computer, it might not run as well as the one in your office. If you just bought a cheaper basic model of laptop for browsing the web and watching Netflix, you may have never thought it necessary to purchase one with a big hard drive. By purchasing an external hard drive, you can add more room to store your important work files. If anything does happen to your laptop, you will know your files are backed up onto second device. It could even simplify the transfer of files back to your office once you are allowed back into your workplace.
A comfy chair
It may sound silly and unnecessary, but while you are working, it is essential that you feel as comfortable as possible. If you work long hours, a bad chair could cause you back pain and other health problems. Look for one with an adjustable backrest and arm height, so it fits your body. Once that is done, make sure your computer is at the correct height, so you do not have to bend your neck to see the screen.