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Keeping safe and (relatively) sane while working remotely
The Covid-19 outbreak has triggered a seismic shift in how we study and work, with a growing number of schools shutting their doors and office workers urged to stay home.

Working or learning remotely comes with its perks (no more hour-long commutes), but there are also perils—particularly when it comes to your online security and your sanity.
We've written
on working from home, but here are four tips that are easy to implement.
Lock your screens when you’re taking a break
If you’re living with family members or roommates, locking your screen when you leave it unattended would prevent anyone not just from looking at what’s on your screen but also from snooping into your files.

To lock your screen on Mac, press “Command + Shift + Q,” or “Windows + L” on Windows. If you’re working outside of your home, do not leave your devices on their own—take them with you.

Enable two-factor authentication on your work accounts
For your online services, from G Suite and social media to task management apps, you should at least be using
to secure your accounts, with an additional one-time password.
You can normally set up 2FA under the Account or Security tab of your account settings. You can take it a step further and use a hardware key like a Yubikey.

Avoid using Wi-Fi networks you don’t control
If you work in a cafe or a co-working space, you are using
with an admin that can look at your browsing activity.


Stay connected, socially and emotionally
One immediate consequence of working remotely is the lack of social interaction. Cabin fever is real and when it sets in you’ll notice it affecting your mood.

Speak with your family and friends over a video call, use non-work channels to chat with your colleagues over a Zoom lunch, pop down to your local coffee joint for a quick break, or, if you can, take a walk around the block for a change of scenery.

ead the full guide:
Most important is that you stay healthy and safe. Practice basic hygiene and physical distancing, and take all precautions to ensure people who are more vulnerable to the virus do not come into contact with it.