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Should Virtual Office Users Do Social Media While Working?

TROY, MICH.—The proliferation of social media, and in particular, the blurring of personal and professional networks is causing unease among workers, with almost 30 percent globally, now believing it is acceptable to use social media for personal use while at work. But how does that apply to virtual office workers?

First, let’s look at the big picture. Workers express serious reservations about the spread of social media into work. Forty-three percent agree that it impacts adversely on productivity while 47 percent also express concern that mixing personal and professional connections through social media could lead to problems in the workplace. So says the latest survey results from the Kelly Global Workforce Index.

Here are some additional findings from the survey:

  • 24% say it’s acceptable to share opinions about work with friends and colleagues on social media.

  • 12% have been told to stop using social media at work.

  • 30% are more inclined to search for jobs via social media than through traditional methods such as newspapers, online job boards and recruitment firms.

So, here’s the deal. A mere 12 percent have been told to stop using social media at work. But when you work in a virtual office environment, it’s less obvious what you are doing with your time. At the same time, some people have to use social media as part of their jobs, especially if they are in communications fields. Is quickly checking a personal message from your virtual office a big deal?

I think the key for the virtual office user is to stay focused, just like any other worker in any other environment. Ultimately, virtual office workers shouldn’t be checking personal social media accounts during work hours. But everyone gets breaks and lunch hours. The issue is that social media can be consuming and a few minutes can become an hour. So it goes back to the cardinal rule for virtual office users: discipline.

VIDEO: Davinci Virtual Office Offers 3,000-Plus Meeting Rooms

NEW YORK—Every deal has a starting point. Project the image your business deserves. Whether you need a state of the art conference room, a spacious training room, or a private day office, Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers you the meeting space you need to succeed. (And, of course, we offer plenty of virtual offices, too.)

Through Davinci Virtual Office Solutions meeting rooms platform, you now have access to more than 3,000 fully loaded meeting rooms around the world to meet and greet client prospects in an environment that is designed to project professionalism. Davinci meeting rooms are located at business centers in well known locations, just like our virtual offices.

Booking your next meeting could not be easier. Reserve your meeting space by the hour or by the day whenever you need it instantly online. Best of all, Davinci meeting spaces offer you the latest in business support and technology, including audio and video conferencing, presentation tools, LCD projects and plasma screens, wireless high-speed Internet, and an on-site receptionist, business services, catering and more.

Let Davinci Virtual Office Solutions take care of your meeting space so you can focus on running your meeting. Meeting space packages start at only $10 an hour. Check out this video to see all of this in living color. And be sure to check out our virtual office space, too.


VIDEO: Ready to Join the Virtual Office Revolution?

NEW YORK-Have you checked out Davinci Virtual’s YouTube channel yet? We’ve got some great new videos on there, including the one below called “Virtual Office Locations: Be Part of the Virtual Revolution.”

The video contends that the traditional office is dead and invites you to be part of the virtual office revolution. The video argues that the way we do business has changed. Working 9 to 5 is a thing of the past and being tied to a desk is an outdated concept.

If you an entrepreneur, it’s likely that you crave both mobility and flexibility—and Davinci Virtual Office solutions offers both.

Davinci virtual office locations provide you with a killer business address, mail forwarding services, optional lobby directory listings, access to fully loaded meeting spaces and a wide variety of cutting-edge business services. Use your address for business licensing or registration and market your new company address on search engines and Internet directories.

So check out the video below. It’s only about a minute long and it will give you a quick overview of why you should join more than 25,000 forward-thinking professionals and choose from more than 850 business locations around the world, like virtual offices in New York, virtual offices in Los Angeles, virtual offices in London, virtual offices in Beijing and beyond.


Strong Password Tips for Virtual Office Users Post-LinkedIn Hack

NEW YORK—If you are virtual office users, then it’s likely that you also have a LinkedIn account. If so, beware. A hacker stole 6.5 million LinkedIn user passwords and is actively cracking them.

Troy Gill, a security analyst at AppRiver, shared with us some password tips for virtual office users, who are likely to use all sorts of web-based software applications—possibly with the same passwords. So if you are using any sort of virtual office technology and want to keep your personal information safe, check out these tips:

Even though it’s nearly impossible to make anything 100 percent secure, Gil says by utilizing multi-layered security practices, beginning with your password, you will make it much harder for anyone to get a hold of your private data and information.

  1. The first step in creating a secure password is to think length. For each character or symbol you add, the security of that password rises exponentially. A basic rule to keep in mind: avoid selecting a password of less than seven characters.

  2. Another step is to make the password appear as nothing more than a random string of characters to someone else that may see it. You can do this with what appears to be a random selection of letters—in both upper and lower case—numbers and punctuation from all over the keyboard. Another rule to keep in mind: try to avoid sequential or repeating instances.

  3. One good method is to use look-alike characters in substitution for other letters in your password. For example, use @ for ‘a’,   $ for ‘s’, 1 for ‘I’, zeroes for ‘o’, or the like. However, be aware that there is a slight risk if you use only this technique in an attempt to obfuscate your password. There are many password guesser programs that are well equipped to be aware of these rather simple substitutions and will try to replace the symbols with letters themselves. Therefore, if you’re still using common words as a basis for your password, such as “cH0c0!@t3” for the word “chocolate,” you may not be any more secure.

  4. To avoid this, a good trick to try is to create a long acronym or partial words from a phrase to throw off any sort of dictionary based attack. For example, take a long sentence that you’ll remember, such as “I hate making up new passwords,” and turn it into !h8MunP@$s.

If you want a secure virtual office it means selecting secure passwords.

Want more info on how to create a strong password? Check out this YouTube video: