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Consumer Reports: How to successfully work from home

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Posted at 4:00 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 09:13:37-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - If you’re suddenly working from home, or if your kids are trying distance learning for the first time, you might be facing a few new challenges.

Problem one: A lack of privacy.

“If you’re working from home and you’re not alone, you might want to try a pair of noise-cancelling headphones," says Consumer Reports Tech Editor, Bree Fowler.

Monoprice has a pair of $50 headphones that have a microphone for calls and video conferences. They deliver excellent active noise reduction and very good sound quality.

Problem two: The old printer isn’t up to this new challenge.

“If you’re already thinking about getting a new printer, now may be the time," says Fowler.

And then there’s problem three: too many people sharing too little bandwidth.

“If your house is suddenly full and everybody needs fast, reliable WiFi, it may be time for a router upgrade," says Consumer Reports Tech Editor, Nicholas DeLeon.

Consumer Reports recommends you make a strong password for your router and always keep the firmware up to date, in an effort to secure your digital privacy.