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Tips to Create an Office Feel at Home

Working from home? Give it an office feel!

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An office at home that reflects a sense of comfort is all you want. Pixabay

Considering the present state of affairs, working from home can be a huge relief so as to avoid the unnecessary stress! While the world as a whole is facing health emergency and is advised to stay indoors as much as possible, many companies are responding positively to the concept of “work from home”.

“Working from home can be great if an ample distinction is made between distractions and actual working space. Missing out on important work due to discomfort and disturbances is the last thing you would want. Instead, an office at home that reflects a sense of comfort is all you want,” shares Pankaj Poddar, co-founder of Hipcouch, a Mumbai-based Interior Design Company.

He shares a few tips around how one can create an office feel at home:

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One of the many benefits of a home office is you get to pick the exact location of your work area. Pixabay

Select the right location

One of the many benefits of a home office is you get to pick the exact location of your work area. Don’t stifle yourself on space since you will be spending the majority of your day here.

Use the guest room if needed, which is mostly vacant and works great if you need privacy while working. Stay out of trafficked areas and find a quiet corner of the house, in case having an entire room is not feasible. If you are working late through the night then the dinning table is also a good idea.

Choose the right furniture

Choose furniture that serves your purpose. Don’t compromise on a good chair. Show yourself some love while picking out a well-designed, ergonomically-correct chair, as you don’t want to end up feeling sore and having back aches at the end of the day.

Accessorize

Who says work should not be fun? Feel free to choose accessories that enhance the comfy feeling of your home office. Coffee mugs, trendy notepads and sticky notes are all great ideas to get cosy while working. In fact, you should feel great while working, especially when you have the privilege to design your home office. Creating a homely atmosphere can lend a sense of familiarity to your work and increases your efficiency.

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Accessorize your office desk. Pixabay

Storage

Find a suitable place to stack up all your paperwork and laptop. Keep the desk surface clean and clutter free.

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Inspiring notes and board

Working from home can make you a little lazy, most importantly, if you are not used to it. Prepare a ‘to-do list’ for the day, which will help on the productivity front. Use a pin-board if you have one or post a few sticky notes above your desk with some inspirational quotes featuring daily to-dos certainly helps on the productivity front. Add goals for the future in the form of photos and messages.

Go ahead and try out these ideas! Have the flexibility to set your own schedules in the comfort of self-designed beautiful office home for yourself. (IANS)

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Cyber-Threats increase Amidst “Work From Home” Trend Due To Novel Coronavirus

Cyber incident that occurs when an organization is already operating outside of normal conditions has a greater potential to spiral out of control

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Cybercriminals has also started to exploit fears around the COVID-19 outbreak to conduct email scams, phishing and ransomware attacks. Pixabay

With companies across the globe turning to work from home, via the online medium amid the COVID-19 outbreak, threats to cyber security have increased.

Deepak Bhawnani, CEO at Alea Consulting said: “Companies, large and small, will be impacted due to ramifications of work from home, as this will lead to cyber security risk concerns. Proprietary corporate data is being accessed from laptops and home PCs that may not have the same level of firewall and security as in-office setups.

Management and IT managers will subsequently need to reassess the risk to their data, and proactively evaluate their data loss prevention processes, as this can impact their reputation going forward, he added.

Further, cybercriminals has also started to exploit fears around the COVID-19 outbreak to conduct email scams, phishing and ransomware attacks.

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Palo Alto Networks’ Regional Vice President for India & SAARC Anil Bhasin said: “Cyber-criminals have been exploiting fears around the COVID-19 outbreak to conduct email scams, phishing and ransomwareattacks. These emails and messages entice users to open malicious attachments by offering more information related to the COVID-19 situation but contain malicious files masked under the guise of links, pdf, mp4 or docx files.a

With employees taking to work-from-home, cyber security threat multiplies, says Debasish Mukherjee, VP, Regional Sales APAC at SonicWall.

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With companies across the globe turning to work from home, via the online medium amid the COVID-19 outbreak, threats to cyber security have increased. Pixabay

“These are exactly the times when hackers get creative with their malicious intent of hacking into devices and stealing data,” Mukherjee said.

He noted that while caution is being exercised during this epidemic, there is a group of opportunistic cyber-criminals who have been preying on this fear by developing malicious links and apps to hack devices and steal data. From creating malicious links to developing otherwise unsuspecting apps, the hackers of the digital age are getting creative in executing their attacks.

Trishneet Arora, Founder & CEO of TAC Security noted that the low-security standards of home Wi-Fi systems, are a serious threat for the cybersecurity sector at the moment with data of millions of people at stake.

“A few isolated incidents of cyber crimes have already been seen with unsafe links leading to theft of sensitive data. For example, people are offering fake maps that show infected users, this requires the person to download software to generate fake maps, in turn making it a security concern,” Arora said.

He observed that the role of cyber security companies at this moment is more critical than ever. It is essential at this moment to monitor baseline behaviours and any anomalous cyber activity should be looked into in real-time basis.

Bhasin of Palo Alto Networks was of the view that employers need to prepare employees who are unaccustomed to remote working to navigatethe challenges involved.

This can be done through an educational framework to teach staff how to identify and avoid risks, as well as outline the clear procedures to follow in case of a cyber security incident, he added.

Among other precautionary measures, he said that sensitive systems and data should also be restricted where possible, with access reviewed and granted to essential teams only. It should also be ascertained that workdevices encrypt data at rest and are able to protect data on the device if it is lost or stolen.

Michael Sentonas, Global CTO of CrowdStrike said that crisis management and incident response plans need to be executable by aremote workforce.

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while caution is being exercised during this epidemic, there is a group of opportunistic cyber-criminals who have been preying on this fear by developing malicious links and apps to hack devices and steal data. Pixabay

“A cyber incident that occurs when an organization is already operating outside of normal conditions has a greater potential to spiral out of control,” he said.

He added that effective remote collaboration tools — including out-of-band conference bridges, messaging platforms and productivity applications — can allow a dispersed team to create a “virtual war room” from which to manage response efforts.

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“At this moment, there is a need for the cyber security industry to be more dynamic and responsive than ever before,” said TAC Security Founder Trishneet Arora. (IANS)