It is likely that you have used IT skills if you work remotely. For someone working as a remote worker having a few or if not many fundamental IT skills to support your work is very much a necessity.
Most of the time, becoming a remote worker involves a little more than just the desire to work from home; you also need to adapt certain fundamental office abilities to the online environment. This means that in order to be considered for remote jobs, you must possess and highlight a certain set of technical talents.
Digital Project Management
You won’t have post-it notes or a whiteboard to help you remember deadlines in a remote workspace, and no one will be watching your back to make sure you finish the tasks you’ve been given. You will instead need to understand how to manage tasks digitally utilizing software like Trello, Asana, and Jira.
To begin, it would be wise to familiarize yourself with the fundamentals of virtual project management. You’ll be better able to manage your time and keep track of deadlines, tasks, and progress if you can use these tools effectively.
When working on a project with others, it will also be helpful. You will be well on your way to succeeding as a remote worker if you combine these with a proactive mindset and self-discipline.
Working remotely will need you to write and edit a lot of things, whether it’s emails, presentations, or reports. So it’s crucial that you understand how to use a word processing tool like Google Docs or Microsoft Word.
To make your paper more appealing, you should at the very least be able to format documents, insert images and videos, establish hyperlinks, and use other capabilities. Now would be a great time to become more familiar with these programs if you are not already.
However, understanding these sophisticated Microsoft Word Features certainly won’t harm as a next step.
Virtual Communication and Collaboration
Whether it’s with clients or fellow team members, contact with people is a need for the majority of employment. A remote workplace’s virtual communication is different from in-office communication in some ways. In a conventional office, you may easily walk up to someone and have a brief conversation.
You must be more careful about how and when you communicate online when working remotely, especially when doing so with coworkers in various time zones. To interact and work with others while working remotely, you’ll probably rely a lot on chat apps and video conferencing solutions.
It’s crucial that you familiarize yourself with some of the most widely used communication apps, including Slack and Zoom. Misusing these tools might make you frustrated and reduce productivity across the board for the entire team. Therefore, it would be wise for you to understand these useful Slack etiquette guidelines for remote teams.
Additionally, you must be proactive by becoming aware of some potential obstacles to collaboration and communication that may arise when working with a multinational team, such as organizing schedules across time zones.
Having said that, employing asynchronous communication could help you be more productive in addition to becoming familiar with the appropriate tools.
Another fundamental tech skill that will be useful while working remotely is spreadsheet usage. You will need to know how to construct and manage spreadsheets whether you’re managing a project, keeping track of your work progress, or working on a budget.
The most widely used spreadsheet tool is Excel, but there are other choices as well, including Google Sheets and Apple Numbers.
Although these programs’ features and functionalities may vary slightly, their fundamentals are essentially the same. Therefore, if you are familiar with using one spreadsheet tool, you should be able to rapidly learn how to use the others. In light of this, we advise using these free Excel training websites and courses to grasp spreadsheets.
Understanding Online Security
Learning how to keep your gadgets safe online and the data of your employer secure is more crucial than ever given the increase of cybercrime and the transition to remote work.
You will be accessing work-related files and data from your home, so you must understand how to keep them safe from viruses, spyware, and phishing assaults. The significance of this fundamental tech skill cannot be stressed.
You can start by avoiding several frequent security blunders that people make when working remotely, such as accessing sensitive information over a public network, neglecting to regularly back up files, and not utilizing secure passwords.
A VPN, two-factor authentication, and encryption are a few other recommended practices for online security that you might want to learn more about.
Email is still one of the most widely used forms of communication in the workplace, despite the growth and quick acceptance of other communication technologies like Slack and Microsoft Teams as a result of the transition to remote work. As a result, improving your emailing skills as a remote worker is crucial and could go miles in placing you in favorable positions.
It just requires brushing up on your skills and picking up a few hints here and there, like how to manage and arrange your email inbox, as you probably already use email in your personal life.
You’ll sign up for a lot of different services and get essential emails from your company, clients, and coworkers as a result, which will be useful.
Employers expect you to have some fundamental tech skills in order to carry out your duties efficiently, even though some remote positions do not require you to be a tech specialist.
So, in addition to becoming an expert in your field, we advise that you concentrate on honing the fundamental computer skills covered above if you want to improve your chances of finding a remote work. I f you already possess these abilities, include them on your cv where appropriate and in the course of job interviews.
UK Government To Set Online Bill Criminalizing Self Harm
In an effort to stop what it calls “tragic and preventable deaths caused by people seeing self-harm content online,” the UK government has announced it will further broaden the scope of online safety legislation by making encouraging self-harm a crime.
According to the most recent modification to the divisive but popular Online Safety Bill, in-scope platforms would be compelled to remove anything that purposefully encourages someone to physically harm themselves, or face legal repercussions.
The government intends to tackle “abhorrent trolls urging the young and vulnerable to self-harm,” according to the secretary of state for digital. People who post such content online may also be prosecuted under the new offence of encouraging self injury.
The maximum fines will be announced in due time, according to the administration.
In the UK, it is already unlawful to promote or aid suicide, whether in person or online. By creating a new offense, self-harm content will now be subject to the same laws that already ban suicide promotion.
Following a snag, last summer associated with political unrest in the ruling Conservative Party, the Online Safety Bill’s progress through parliament is now on hold. However, the newly reorganized UK government has declared that it will reintroduce the measure to parliament next month after making changes to the law.
The abuse of intimate imagery is a problem that will be addressed by recent revisions to the Online Safety Bill, which was just made public by the Ministry of Justice. However, other revisions are planned regarding “legal but harmful” information, thus the final form of the Act is still up in the air.
The government responded to concerns about the bill’s impact on online freedom of expression a few months ago. The (new) secretary of state, Michelle Donelan, announced in September that she would be “editing” the bill to lessen concern about its impact on “legal but harmful” speech for adults.
The most recent changes, making it illegal to send online communications encouraging self harm, came after that announcement.
Donelan was quoted by the BBC as claiming that Molly Russell, a 14-year-old teenager who committed suicide five years ago after watching thousands of online articles on self-harm and suicide on websites like Instagram and Pinterest, was a factor in the most recent changes.
Social media was found to have contributed to Russell’s death, according to the results of an inquest into her death in September. While the coroner’s “prevention of future deaths” report from last month that a number of steps be done to control and monitor young people’s access to social media content.
The addition of the crime of promoting self harm, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, will outlaw “one of the most worrying and prevalent internet harms that now falls below the threshold of criminal behavior.”
Donelan stated in a statement:
“I am determined that the abhorrent trolls encouraging the young and vulnerable to self-harm are brought to justice.
“So I am strengthening our online safety laws to make sure these vile acts are stamped out and the perpetrators face jail time.
“Social media firms can no longer remain silent bystanders either and they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms under our laws.”
Hate crimes, rules regarding revenge porn (including disseminating deepfake porn without content), harassment, and cyberstalking are among the other top criminal offenses already mentioned in the bill.
Regardless of what the measure states on paper, there are still a lot of unknowns regarding how platforms will react to having legal obligations imposed on them to police all forms of speech, as well as if it would actually increase web user safety as claimed.
Critics worry that the regime will have a chilling effect by turning platforms into de facto speech police and encouraging them to overblock content in order to reduce their legal risk of paying a hefty fine.
The regime’s penalties scale up to 10% of global annual turnover, and non-cooperative senior executives even run the risk of going to jail.
On Monday, December 5, the bill is scheduled to return to parliament.
Twitter Amnesty Is What Elon Musk is Going For Next
Tesla CEO and newly appointed Twitter CEO, Elon Musk did promise a new dimension for the micro-blogging social media platform prior to taking over, and his actions recently, have just about lived up to the promise, but now, the billionaire is set for an ‘amnesty’ that surely will drive some political divides nuts if certain individuals are granted Twitter amnesty as he wants.
Elon Musk announced on Thursday that starting the next week, Twitter will provide suspended accounts “a general amnesty.” The day before, the platform’s CEO published a poll asking users if they thought affected accounts should be restored.
The announcement comes just after Musk lifted the platform’s restriction on former president Donald Trump after conducting a related poll. Trump declared he had no intention of returning to the platform despite being banned following the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Users of the Twitter platform who had their accounts suspended could rejoin the network “assuming they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam,” according to Musk’s user survey.
The survey received responses from about 3.2 million individuals, who voted 72.4% in favor of amnesty.
“The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk said, using a Latin phrase that means “The voice of the people is the voice of god.”
Historically, Twitter has deactivated accounts who advocate violence, celebrate hate and harassment, or persistently disseminate false information that may be harmful.
Some well-known people who were banned from the website include MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who made a number of claims that Trump actually won the 2020 presidential election, former Trump advisor and former executive chairman of Breitbart Steve Bannon, who said Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded, and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, who broke the website’s rule against violent extremist groups.
Considering that more voices with possibly negative views will be returning to the site, it’s unclear from Musk’s brief post how Twitter will handle content control going forward.
These worries have only grown as a result of Musk’s huge firings and the outflow of workers who would rather leave than remain “hardcore.”
Elon Musk is surely growing more unpopular by remaining popular these days.
Twitter Working On New Feature For Long Texts
Writing a thread on Twitter can be considered daunting especially when you have to divide the text into 280-character sections for it to make meaning.
Good news though as the platform is stated to be working on a way to convert lengthy texts into threads automatically.
When a tweet exceeds the 280-character limit, Twitter’s composer will automatically divide it into a thread, according to a tweet from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.
Twitter wants to make making threads less difficult, as she stated in a message to a user (identified as me).
Currently, in order to add a tweet to a thread and post the subsequent 280 characters, users must click the Add button. This can be particularly unpleasant when you are trying out an idea or pasting information from another document.
Several users have recently brought up the difficulty posting to and reading conversations with more than a few tweets; the thread in question was 82 tweets long and focused on the defunct crypto-currency exchange FTX. In response, Musk stated that the team is working to make thread writing simpler.
It will be useful to have markers to designate the start and end of a tweet in the thread, although the exact implementation details remain unknown, as Financial Times product manager Matt Taylor noted. This makes it simpler for users to change the text in a way that doesn’t disrupt the reading flow.
Musk has previously addressed the problem of posting lengthy tweets. He previously stated that the social network is developing the capability to attach long-form content to tweets. If that will be a standalone feature from the new thread composer is unclear.
Currently, some users rely on third-party programs like Typefully, ThreadStart, and Chirr App, which offer capabilities like scheduling along with tools to automatically divide your post into threads without interfering with sentence flow.
Thanks to its acquisition of Threader the previous year, the company today provides Twitter Blue customers with a simple way to read threads. However, Musk hasn’t actually stated whether he is altering the reading experience for the typical user.
There is already a long-form writing program on Twitter called Notes, but it is exclusively available to a small number of writers, and under Musk’s leadership, its future is unclear.
Even though Twitter programmers are already working on it, it is unclear when the new composer tool for threads will launch. Since taking over the business, Musk has let go of more than half the employees.
Numerous executives have left, and the new leader even gave the remaining employees yesterday an ultimatum: either be “hardcore” or quit. There is no assurance that goods will be delivered on time in this situation.
The new Twitter Blue plan with a verification mark was hurriedly launched by the firm, only for the scheme to be discontinued a few days later. Musk stated earlier this week that the launch date had been moved to later in the month.
Wong just found code that suggests Twitter is working on encrypting direct communications from end to end.
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