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Essentials for Your New Home Office

Woman works remotely with a headset, laptop, tablet, and a stack of papers
By Laura Temme, Esq. on March 20, 2020 6:07 AM

A few weeks ago, "social distancing" and "self-isolating" didn't mean much to many of us. But as the novel coronavirus outbreak increases in severity across the nation, businesses all over the country are taking precautions to stop the spread. One of the most prevalent? Encouraging everyone to stay away from the office.

Working from home is nothing new for many of you. And while the novelty of working in one's pajamas usually gives way to actually getting dressed for a home workday, the need for a few basic pieces of tech is ever-present. Not everyone needs all of these items, but they tend to be pretty important for those of us who are used to regularly working from home.

Headset/headphones

Whether you need to block out noisy neighbors or ensure the whole household doesn't hear the contents of your phone calls, a good headset or pair of headphones is a lifesaver when working from home. With so many options available, even wireless headphones that connect via Bluetooth have become quite affordable.

Wireless mouse

If you're anything like me, the touchpad on your laptop is annoying as all get out. Mostly because with regular use, these touchpads inevitably wear out. Save yourself the headache by having a mouse to quickly click between documents - without any cords to get tangled up in.

Extra monitor

A second monitor is especially helpful if you're often viewing more than one document at a time. Or, if you're used to working on a bigger screen. Purchasing a second (or even third, for some of us) monitor is undoubtedly an investment. But, once you go to multiple screens, you'll never go back.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

This one isn't a physical item, but it's beneficial for those concerned about keeping client information safe outside of the office. Despite a name reminiscent of the Matrix, VPNs are relatively easy to come by. Many antivirus software providers have them either included in their programs or as add-ons.

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How to Keep Your Wireless Network Secure When Working From Home (FindLaw's Technologist)

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