Lockdown has been extended for another 3 weeks. This was very much expected. How is your business coping?
You should have already adapted to working life at home. Whether it’s having a dedicated workspace, routine/work schedule or a way of communicating effectively with staff and clients.
Lockdown and social distancing have rapidly increased the demand for video conferencing apps. Both leisurely by catching up with friends and having quiz nights, as well as professionally, enabling you to carry on with work meetings like normal.
What video conference software works best?
There are so many options to choose from. Currently, the most popular software is the following: Zoom, houseparty, Microsoft Teams and Hangouts Meet.
Is the current software you are using working for you?
You may be thinking: “I use that software although I am still not sure I am using it effectively” - you may not be fully aware of the features or the security aspects. Likewise, you may be dissatisfied because you keep running into issues.
Choosing the right video conferencing software
You need to decide how you are using the software and whether it is the best possible option for your business.
People tend to jump into their decision because it should be simple –
- Download software
- Have a working webcam and microphone
- Connect with colleagues/clients
- Videocall successful
This is not the case at all.
What you need to consider:
The type of meetings you will have
Will you have one to one or group meetings? You want to have an adaptable software allowing you to do whatever you need, enabling you to carry on business like normal and communicate effectively.
What type of devices do your employees use?
Many of your employees might be working from laptops or desktop setups. The software you decide to use should be compatible across all devices so everyone can access it without any problems.
Do you have a decent connection?
There is nothing worse than having a meeting with someone and either your or their internet connection breaks up. This can be incredibly frustrating, especially when there are urgent things to discuss.
Is the Video software safe and secure?
When looking at video conferencing technology, you should consider what type of security you require and what level of protection each piece of software provides.
Will you need additional protection?
Security should always be your number 1 priority. As an IT company, we cannot stress this enough. Ransomware has been on the rise during lockdown, taking full advantage of COVID-19. According to CloudFlare, cyber attacks were up 37% month over month throughout March.
We understand it might be difficult for you to evaluate what protection you may need, but there’s plenty of steps you can take to not put yourself in a vulnerable position.