Internet outages during lockdown: How to use your phone’s mobile data instead

Your phone’s hotspot feature is sure to come in handy during an internet outage. 


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This morning I woke up to a long list of alerts from my alarm system, video doorbell and a lamp letting me know they’d lost connectivity for over two hours in the middle of the night. If that happened during waking hours I’d go work at the local library or coffee shop, but in this time of state-wide lockdowns, that’s not possible. Thankfully, anyone with a phone has a built-in backup: Your phone’s hotspot feature can act as a mini Wi-Fi

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If you haven’t changed your Zoom background yet, here’s how you do it


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Millions of people have taken to the Zoom video chat app to work and study from home during this coronavirus pandemic. And many have discovered a fun little setting that transforms your video background from the room behind you to outer space or the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. You can even upload a photo to customize your own.

For the most part, Zoom — which is seeing a tremendous rise in use as a result of states mandating shelter-in-place and other measures — will hold onto your background image pretty well, making for a fun way

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8 essential Zoom apps for every business user

By integrating Zoom with other services, including Slack and Google Calendar, you can work from home without missing a beat.

If you’ve found yourself, like countless other professionals, working from home due to the coronavirus outbreak, you’ve probably started conducting online meetings. A free option for meeting online is Zoom, which is available on Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, ChromeOS, Linux, and as a web client. One of Zoom’s best features is the incredibly long list of integrations and apps available in the Zoom App Marketplace. 

If you’re looking to take your Zoom experience to the next level, or just

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FBI warns about Zoom bombing as hijackers take over school and business video conferences

Teleconferences are being disrupted by internet trolls shouting profanity and racist remarks and posting pornographic and hate images.

It was just a matter of time once people began using Zoom more frequently to collaborate remotely, that their conversations would be hijacked in a phenomenon known as Zoom bombing.

Schools, churches, and local governments around the country have all reported getting Zoom bombed, some with racist taunts, profanities or porn. The Boston office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation “has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images, and threatening language,” the FBI said in

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Two Exabeam employees at RSA conference who tested positive for COVID-19 are recovering

Exabeam’s employees are recovering from coronavirus. Both tested positive for COVID-19 after attending RSA in San Francisco.

The two Exabeam employees who were diagnosed with coronavirus after attending the RSA tech conference, which ran from Feb. 24-28 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, are on the road to recovery. 

Chris Tillett, senior security engineer at Exabeam, is on the road to recovery and making positive strides every day, and so is the other affected employee, but no further details can be shared about that person, according to an Exabeam spokesperson. Exabeam is based in Foster City, Calif.

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