Virtual platforms are a great tool to bring people together. And at least initially, virtual backgrounds were fun. Many of us used virtual backgrounds to redecorate our homes, try out new styles and show off some of our personal interests. But the trend now seems to be shifting. My experience is that people are now increasingly using real backgrounds for virtual meetings. Both virtual and actual backgrounds are acceptable during online meetings. However, there are at least four important things that work-from-home warriors should consider when choosing to share their real backgrounds given that many of us are still working from home offices.
COVID-19 has caused many large educational institutions to accelerate the transition to online delivery of educational services. This has highlighted the issue of student identity and specifically the identity of students during online examinations and testing. New advances in voice biometrics can help educational institutions and other online enterprises manage access and secure data.
Internet usage in 2020 rose sharply compared to pre-pandemic levels. More online activity also drove more consumer consciousness around what happens to their online data; nearly three-quarters (72%) of Americans say they are "very concerned" to "extremely concerned" about their online privacy, according to a new Startpage study.
The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2020 (EARN IT), aimed at protecting children from online predators, is facing scrutiny from those who believe it will undermine privacy, promote censorship and jeopardize the right to free speech.
A new survey says that a vast majority of Americans say they value online safety, but many have habits that compromise the safety of their data and various online accounts—especially the tech-savvy younger generations who grew up during and after the internet revolution.
A new survey that looks at consumer sentiment and habits around online security in light of the shift to remote work due to COVID-19 has found that the lines between our personal and professional lives are blurring now more than ever.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Attorney William M. McSwain warned the community about the potential for hackers to invade and disrupt videoconference meetings that are taking place as Americans use video-teleconferencing (VTC) platforms to conduct online meetings during the coronavirus pandemic.