According to Verizon's "2019 Data Breach Investigations Report," 36% of data breaches are committed by insiders. Insiders are responsible for 54% of incidents in the healthcare industry and 34% in the public sector. The most recent prominent example is Twitter. Unknown persons have hacked numerous Twitter accounts of celebrities. Via the Twitter profiles of former U.S. president Barack Obama, presidential candidate Joe Biden and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and many others, the hackers spread advertising for dubious crypto-currency deals. Accounts of companies like Apple and Uber were also affected. The magazine "Vice" reported shortly after the incident that a Twitter insider was responsible for the hack. With the SECURE BOARD 1.0, CHERRY has a solution in its portfolio that effectively tackles problems such as the one suspected here from the hardware side.
Who would have thought at the beginning of the year that many of us would be working from home at this time? Although some, especially freelancers, are already familiar with home office, the Corona crisis is forcing a lot of people into unfamiliar ground. But gradually, employees and supervisors are getting used to the new situation and they are realizing that there is no lack of morale or quality within one' s own four walls - on the contrary, the productivity of colleagues tends to be higher in the home office.
The current situation, in my opinion, will lead many companies to rethink their remote work policies after the crisis, opening up many new opportunities for employees and employers. Germany is now once again discussing the idea of the right to a home office. But what does this mean for companies and employees?
It's a new experience for most of us. Because of Covid-19, we are sheltering in place and working from home, day after day. There are some advantages, unless commuting to and from the office was the highlight of your day. But there are plenty of challenges, too. Watching the kids while remaining productive is not easy. It's more difficult to stay in close touch with team members to keep ideas flowing and projects moving. Staying in shape and looking good for those video conferences requires determination. And the aches and strains of makeshift home offices can be a pain in the back, shoulders, wrists, and more.
But don't worry, stay-at-home-office-workers. CHERRY is here for you! As a world-class designer, manufacturer and source of computer keyboards, mice and other computer input devices, we believe in the future of the office—whether it's at home or somewhere else. So, here are ideas we've CHERRY-picked for the home-bound, tethered, tired and toiling among us.
Be an Ergo Honcho @ Home: Antidotes to Work Tension + Apprehension
Maintaining good ergonomics can be real a challenge when you're working from home. Your work space has suddenly become the kitchen table, a living room chair, or a small desk in the bedroom, none of which were designed for extended periods working at a computer or talking on the phone. Finding the right furniture, computer setup and office equipment, maintaining a proper posture, and practicing the right exercises and stretches can help prevent musculoskeletal issues and other problems that cause fatigue, discomfort, back pain, and a myriad of other stresses and strains.
Here are links to a few articles we've sourced to help you understand the impact of poor ergonomics and what you can do about it. But before we do, let us remind you that great ergonomic keyboards and mice can make a real difference about how you feel working from home or anywhere else.
- From EHS Today
Ergonomics Recommendations for Remote Work
- From BTOD.com
Video: 12 Desk Stretches to Improve Back Pain at Your Desk
- From Diamond Wellness
6 Ways that Poor Ergonomics Can Have Negative Consequences on Your Health
- From the Bolton & Company Blog
Ergonomic Tips and Considerations While Working from Home
- From Business Insider
The Most Challenging Things About Working Remotely
More Fun, Less Fatigue When Working from Home
There's a lighter side to "work-at-home" life. CHERRY has compiled a set of links to give you a little humor and relief amidst the fatigue and frustration of being remotely connected and digitally tethered all day long. However, one thing that's not a joke and nothing to laugh about is proper ergonomics and the right individualized tools, solutions and devices that adapt to your workstyle. Check out what has CHERRY has compiled to make home work life more fruitful and fun.
- From Bored Panda
33 Working From Home Jokes That People Who Can't Work From Home Will Get
- From BuzzFeed
18 Jokes About Working From Home That Are Equal Parts Hilarious And Accurate
- From Vogue
10 of the Best Tweets About Working From Home
- From Today
These 23 relatable tweets from parents about quarantine will make you laugh
- From The Coronado Times
COVID-19 Comedy: Videos to Help Lighten Your Day
Digital Diversions for Kids to Aid Distracted Work-at-Home Parents
You're working from home and the kids aren't in school or day care. What's a parent to do? CHERRY has assembled a few links to cogent articles about how parents can cope with the challenges of childcare and home-office work without losing their minds or driving their children crazy. Health care provider, Ochsner Health, for example, discusses its top ten tips for balancing family and work:
- Remain calm
- Create a schedule
- Create a sense of consistency
- Set expectations
- Don't be too hard on yourself
- Encourage literacy
- Exercise together
- Be intentional with family time
- Don't be afraid to ask for help
- Take care of yourself
- From Parents Magazine
How to Master Working from Home – While Under Quarantine with Kids
- From Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
School is closed. Now what?
- From Axios
Parents' stress levels spike as pandemic drags on
- From Children's Minnesota
Tips for parents: Reducing stress during quarantine
- From Ochsner Health
Quarantined with Kids: 10 Tips to Balance Family and Work
Staying Social and Stylish When Working from Home
From socializing with friends to staying connected with co-workers, the Covid-19 pandemic is teaching us all, by necessity, to find creative new ways to collaborate and party at a distance. Can you imagine how impossible this would all be without high-speed connectivity and the social media and collaboration tools and applications connectivity has enabled? If your looking for new ideas about how to stay in touch, stay productive, and stay social from your home—and look good while you're doing it—here's some advice for the quarantined. CHERRY has assembled links to a number of fun and informative articles about how it's done.
- From The Active Times
How to Stay in Touch with Friends and Family During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- From Wired
Fun Tools and Tips to Stay Social While You're Stuck at Home
- From Workest
How to Stay Connected with Your Colleagues Remotely While Working from Home
- From The Muse
Creative Ways to Stay Connected to Your Coworkers when You're All Working from Home
- From Inc. Magazine
5 Ways to Look Your Best on Your Next Zoom Meeting
- From USA Today
Six tips for looking great in a Zoom meeting
- From Owl Labs
Video Conferencing Etiquette: 10 Tips for a Successful Video Conference
Smart card terminals are usually called smart card readers or chip card readers in the desktop environment. The expression is somewhat misleading because the "reader" does not read anything itself. It only forwards the APDUs (Application Protocol Data Units) between the card and the host. It does not matter whether it is a read or write command, for example. Today, it is impossible to imagine access control to sensitive areas without smart cards.
CHERRY enters the race with its SmartTerminal with USB connection supports for protecting sensitive data in a straight-forward and reliable way. The terminal lives up to its name and is undoubtedly smart: it is stable and can be operated with one hand thanks to its weight, making it extremely easy to use. It reads and writes chip cards with extremely low power consumption. Whether access controls, network logon, or chip card-based internet transactions - the SmartTerminal ST-1144 makes a valuable contribution to protecting sensitive data. The reader is a real all-rounder - considering compatibility is very important: it starts with the chip card types. The SmartTerminal ST-1144 reads and writes all ISO 7816 cards and is compatible with USB 2.0, the software interfaces CCID, PC / SC, CAC, and the OmniKey 3121 (Aviator).
Entering the world of zeros and ones<p>It has always been of immense importance to people to have control over who they have access to, and who they do not. Long ago, defensive measures such as a moat and a drawbridge provided protection against unwarranted outside attacks. Solid city walls, along with gates locked in the evenings, allowed for feelings of safety and security. However, in today's digital age, things are much different. </p><p>In addition to controlling the purely physical access to buildings or sensitive areas within them, there is also access control into the digital world of zeros and ones. An intelligent method of authenticating those who want to enter - be it in a building or a computer - along with many other options such as passwords, number codes or biometric authentication methods - is the smart card.</p>
“Bouncers” for sensitive areas<p> Authorities in the broadest sense and government institutions, in particular, are undoubtedly the most sensitive buildings and institutions that regulate very precisely who has access to which areas. In the Department of Defense (DoD), for example, the Common Access Card (CAC) controls the standard authentication for the personnel of the uniformed service in active duty, the selected reserve, the civilian employees of the Ministry of Defense and the authorized external personnel. It is also the main card for physical access to buildings and controlled spaces and provides access to the United States Department of Defense's computer network and systems.</p>
The hardware side of authentication<p>Of course, all this only works if there is a device that can read the cards. In the case of the smart card, this is a terminal. In addition to terminals with an electrical feed, which are used in ATMs, for example, most devices have to be manually inserted. Hence why a mechanism (switch) is required, that recognizes the insertion. The drawing of a card must also be recognized immediately, and the switch-off sequence carried out so that no live contact can damage the smart card.</p><p>The SmartTerminal ST-1144 supports the following chip card protocols: T = 0, T = 1, S = 8, S = 9 and S = 10. In addition to the common Windows operating systems, there are also drivers for Linux and macOS for the smart card Reader. The Department of Defense has also been relying on CHERRY's smart card terminals for a long time, having already used the ST-1144 predecessor models, namely the ST-1000 and the ST-1044.</p>
If you think only of strangely curved keyboards when it comes to ergonomics, you know nothing (or only a small part of the truth). From CHERRY's point of view, a tested safety mark (GS / Geprüfte Sicherheit) is an important indicator of an ergonomic keyboard. Keyboards with this test mark meet the requirements of all relevant DIN standards. This ensures that key sizes, key spacing, key arrangement, labelling, surface finish, etc. comply with the recommendations of the German Institute for Standardization.
In a report published on The Huffington Post, the humble PC keyboard was found to be the second dirtiest office item, just behind the electronic ID badge. Swabbed to find colony-forming units (CFU) per square inch and then sent to a lab for testing, they had 20,598 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, and the most common bacteria identified was one found in pneumonia….yuck.
So, what can you do to protect your keyboard from all this dirt, grime, and bacterial deposit?
According to Monster.co.uk, 40% of UK workers are taking the opportunity to work remotely at least once a week, and that 1 in 10 are working from home full-time. Many people now state that they'd turn a job down if working from home isn't offered, yet almost half of employees state that their workplace doesn't have an official policy.
Working from home has to be good for the environment, immediately reducing the pollution caused by vehicle emissions on that daily commute. With everyone conscious of their own carbon footprint, why do workplaces not offer this to more of their workforce?
Whether in the office or at home, nowadays people have higher expectations of their work equipment than they had ten years ago. The keyboard, mouse, monitor, and PC have to be not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing. To meet these demands, CHERRY has made it its business to incorporate customer's demands into its portfolio and has developed the CHERRY STREAM KEYBOARD, a keyboard that is both durable and ergonomic while remaining stylish.