Working from home? Stay connected using Microsoft Teams, for free

If your entire team has suddenly been forced into remote work, it’s hard to get everyone on the same page. Management tasks that used to be simple are now a challenge without your familiar physical meeting spaces and tools like whiteboards and shared printers.

Even if you’re a sole proprietor or a freelance contributor, your options are drastically different when you’re unable to leave your home office. If you can’t meet a client in a coffee shop, what’s your best online alternative?

Software can help to make the remote transition easier, especially if it ties tightly with the programs you already use.

You could cobble together a group of disparate products and services into something that sort of works and doesn’t cost too much. You find a chat app and something that lets you do meetings and conference calls, and you figure out how to collaborate on documents and

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Daytime NBN speeds are as good or bad as usual: ACCC

An NBN FttN node getting a Nokia line card installed


Image: Corinne Reichert/ZDNet

Although the amount of data going through NBN’s network has increased by 70% during the day and is still sitting below the pre-coronavirus 9 pm peak, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has said speeds on the network have remained where they were before the pandemic.

ACCC chair Rod Sims said data from its Measuring Broadband Australia test units showed speeds on last Wednesday were “as good as we saw on an equivalent Wednesday in February, with performance above 80% of maximum plan speeds”, in a speech delivered on Monday.

“This is not to say that there will not be pain points for individual consumers who were previously having problems, such as some FTTN and fixed wireless customers. And some will need assistance in remotely accessing their work systems or coming to grips with new

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Google data shows high interest in security and remote working

The technology priorities of UK businesses are centred squarely on the cyber security challenges presented by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, in particular those related to securing the millions of people around the country who are now working from home during the nationwide lockdown, which is entering its third week.

This is according to data drawn from Google Trends global search history data by Redscan, a City of London-based provider of managed threat detection, incident response and penetration testing services, which served to highlighted the extent to which many organisations have utterly failed to prepare a business continuity plan.

Currently, coronavirus-related phishing scams are more searched for in the UK than scams relating to global brands such as Amazon and Apple, and HM Revenue & Customs-related phishing scams are particularly widely searched for, possibly linked to the introduction of financial support packages for workers and businesses. This coincided

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