Coronavirus – Survival tips for working at home
Wow, hasn’t the world become a very strange place since I last wrote to you? I hope this latest blog finds you and your family fit and well.
It is likely that you are working from home, which can bring its joys, perks (and frustrations!) But I’m here to help – with your broadband speed, the best remote software tools and virus protection.
Is you poor old broadband feeling the strain!? Perhaps your partner is streaming the latest box set on Netflix, Little Darcy is watching Peppa Pig on Youtube on her ipad, and little Jonny is playing an online game with his friends on Xbox Live - All whilst you’re trying to download an important work file? Grrrr!
Time to blame your broadband provider? Actually, your computer settings, poor wiring or the location of your router can all have an impact on your broadband speed. But thankfully, there are things you can do to improve your broadband speed:
Firstly, try moving your router. Ideally, it should be positioned high up (on top of a bookshelf or mounted on a wall) and away from interference from baby monitors and microwaves.
Shut down applications that you're not actively using including any bandwidth-heavy streaming services, delete old files and clear your browser history.
If there are rooms in your house with weak signal, consider ordering a Powerline adapter online - it uses the electricity power lines in your house to boost your signal from room to room.
If you're on a work deadline and are getting really frustrated with the speed of your broadband, as a short term fix you could connect your computer directly to your router with an ethernet cable.
Broadband accelerators boost broadband speeds by filtering out interference from home phone wiring.
If you have a large home, or if your home is over multi storeys, a mesh router network works really well by replacing a single router with a several, which are placed around the home.
Still struggling? Get in touch! By diagnosing if the fault is with you or your Internet Service Provider (ISP), I can identify the necessary actions to help you can back online. I am happy to provide internet, email and Wifi support to both business and residential customers in need. I can assess your Wifi network, supply and install modern wireless extenders to offer you a seamless Wifi connection.
Clean your mouse and keyboard
The World Health Organisation have emphasised that disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily are key in preventing the spread of COVID-19, as well of course frequently washing hands.
The average keyboard harbours 3,295 germs per square inch(more bacteria than on the average toilet seat apparently!) 1,676 on a mouse and a staggering 25,127 on a phone! Gross
Sanitise your keyboard, mouse, landline phone and mobile phone using a disinfectant wipe or a soft, linen-free cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol.
If you are guilty of eating at your desk, you could be dropping food particles, spilling drinks and leaving food wrappers behind. This mess attracts bacteria, insects and even rodents! Yuck! Eat and drink away from your desk (it’s the perfect opportunity to take your eyes off the screen and give your body a stretch)
Software to use to work remotely
Despite the odd distraction from your partner and children, working from home can actually boost productivity if you use the right set of tools available to you online.
If you want to stay on top of tasks, receive updates on projects and encourage team collaboration, consider using Asana or Bitrix24. When you want to organise your stuff, cloud storage and file organisers such as Google Drive, One Drive and Dropbox will do the job nicely. If you want to manage your team, track time or expenses, try Time Doctor, Harvest or IDoneThis
Video conferencing software such as Zoom, Skype, Jabber, Join.me, GoToMeeting and Google Hangouts Meet enable online communication for audio meetings, video meetings and seminars. Some even have built-in features such as chat, screen sharing and recording. Bonus!
We may not have much control over the Coronavirus (apart from STAY AT HOME!), but we can avoid viral infections, malicious attacks and financial theft on our computers with a small subscription to security software
I am a registered partner of Webroot Secure Anywhere, meaning I can monitor and manage your Antimalware software, identify and remove threats remotely along with ensuring your protection is active and up-to-date.
Do you have any tips for surviving isolation or working from home? Tweet us at @shaunprincePC