FBI: FBI Warns of Teleconferencing and Online Classroom Hijacking During COVID-19 Pandemic

FBI: FBI Warns of Teleconferencing and Online Classroom Hijacking During COVID-19 Pandemic. “As large numbers of people turn to video-teleconferencing (VTC) platforms to stay connected in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, reports of VTC hijacking (also called ‘Zoom-bombing’) are emerging nationwide. The FBI has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language.”

Man of Many: 99+ Funny Zoom Virtual Backgrounds to Download

Man of Many: 99+ Funny Zoom Virtual Backgrounds to Download. “Who cares if you’re crammed into the corner of the kitchenette in your studio apartment? With Zoom backgrounds, you can make it seem like you’re chilling in your Bel Air mansion. Taking a Zoom video meeting in your Daewoo Lanos? Forget it, now you’re in The Bahamas. With Zoom backgrounds, the world is your oyster and we want you to embrace it.”

Mashable: Slack has seen a massive surge in users during coronavirus pandemic

Mashable: Slack has seen a massive surge in users during coronavirus pandemic. “The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the working lives of people across the world. Some have taken pay cuts, some have lost their jobs, and many livelihoods are still at risk. But as more and more people work from home under government recommendation, there are also companies that have seen the opposite happen. Slack is one of them.”

New York Times: The Dos and Don’ts of Online Video Meetings

New York Times: The Dos and Don’ts of Online Video Meetings. “In the age of coronavirus, many of us have transformed overnight from office workers into telecommuters. And we are increasingly relying on videoconferencing apps like Zoom and FaceTime to correspond with our peers. But inevitably, with our homes and workplaces merging into one, the boundaries between our personal and professional lives are beginning to erode — and awkward situations have ensued.”

TechRadar: Zoom video calls get a new background tool courtesy of Canva

TechRadar: Zoom video calls get a new background tool courtesy of Canva. “With the world in a state of flux, many of us have now found ourselves with a new workplace – our homes. While it’s certainly cut down the commute, it’s also having some interesting results, namely, our co-workers are getting a rare glimpse into our living space through video chat. At least temporarily, connecting with our colleagues in this way is the new normal. To save you from the potential embarrassment of a messy room, and frankly just lighten the mood a little, graphic design platform Canva has launched a new background creator for Zoom video calls.”

House Beautiful: There’s a new Instagram account dedicated to dogs working from home during the coronavirus crisis

House Beautiful: There’s a new Instagram account dedicated to dogs working from home during the coronavirus crisis. “Created during the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the new account features pups from all around the world and shows how they have been adjusting to having their owners at home with them. From wearing office attire (tie and glasses), to navigating a laptop, it proves this one thing: it’s not only us adults who have been adjusting to a temporary new workspace.”

BetaNews: The software that’s being made available free to help with home working during the COVID-19 crisis

BetaNews: The software that’s being made available free to help with home working during the COVID-19 crisis. “Last week we reported that Zoho was making its Remotely suite free until July to help people and businesses cope with the current COVID-19 unpleasantness. Since then many other companies have announced similar schemes to make their products available free to help businesses and individuals with isolation and home working. This is a round up of the ones we know about, if there are others you’re aware of feel free to add them in the comments.” Big ol’ list.

Marie Claire: ‘Working From Home Fits’ Is The Wholesome New Instagram Account You Need To Follow

Marie Claire: ‘Working From Home Fits’ Is The Wholesome New Instagram Account You Need To Follow. “With most of the world in lockdown and self-quarantined to stop the spread of COVID-19, an emerging new fashion trend has come to light. Titled the ‘work from home fit’, social media users globally are sharing what they’re wearing as their daily work uniform – including, but not limited to, dressing up for no reason, mismatched shoes and non-work appropriate tees, luxurious two-piece sets and pyjamas.”

Poynter: New to remote work? These tools will make your transition to working from home easier

Poynter: New to remote work? These tools will make your transition to working from home easier. “An exhaustive list is near impossible to compile given the rate at which new products are launched, or closed for that matter, but these are some of the most common tools we see newsrooms use. We’ve also aimed for tools with simpler onboarding and usability rather than sharing complex tools that aren’t easy to adopt. We’ve included information about pricing but you should check the platforms’ websites for the most accurate information as it may be different depending on your organization’s size and needs.”

BetaNews: As coronavirus forces millions to work from home, Microsoft Teams suffers major outages

BetaNews: As coronavirus forces millions to work from home, Microsoft Teams suffers major outages. “Just as millions of people settle into the idea of remote working or learning, many for the first time, Microsoft Teams is suffering with major problems. Users found that they were unable to send messages via Teams, and were met instead by a notification reading: ‘we’re sorry — we’ve run into an issue’.”

Focusmate: Watched over while I worked from home (BBC)

BBC: Focusmate: Watched over while I worked from home. “It’s 08:00 GMT and I’m sitting silently in my lounge while a stranger watches me via my webcam. I can see them too. In fact we’ve both agreed to spend the next 50 minutes spying on each other without saying a word. We’ve never met before, but Jasmin – not her real name – and I have something in common: we’re both trying to resist the many temptations of working from home and finally get some work done.”