Google prohibits zooming, Amazon now allows non-essential products … and other technology news for small businesses – ABOUT MAG 2020

Here are five things in technology that happened last week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 – Google told its employees that they can no longer use Zoom on their laptops.

Google announced last week that it is banning Zoom – the popular videoconferencing software – and will no longer allow its employees to use the software on their devices. Although Zoom is the main competitor of Meet, Google’s video conferencing application, the company cited that the reason they are banning the software is due to the many security breaches that Zoom has faced in recent weeks. As of this week, the company announced that Zoom would no longer work on the laptops of Google employees. (Source: Buzz Feed)

Why this is important to your business:

Of course, the first question you should ask is why were Google employees allowed to use a competitive product? Ah, that’s right … because it’s better! That aside, Google’s ban highlighted the important security issues that affect Zoom users. We’re all using Zoom, so you’re not worried, either? Clearly, the management of the collaboration application is concerned and the CEO of the company admitted errors. If your company is using Zoom, you should follow up on security updates and possibly evaluate alternatives.

2 – Amazon is allowing sellers to reship “non-essential” items to warehouses.

Amazon has shared that it will allow third-party vendors to continue shipping items considered “non-essential” to their warehouses again. In March, Amazon decided to stop shipping non-essential items in order to help meet the large number of orders for medical supplies and cleaning supplies due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Initially only effective until April 5º, Amazon extended the policy as the pandemic spread. Non-essential items will still be limited by making this restriction more flexible, in order to allow the prioritization of essential items and the safety and well-being of employees. (Source: Engadget)

Why this is important to your business:

So who do you trust to know when the pandemic is really subsiding, the U.S. government … or Amazon? By allowing non-essential shipments again, Amazon is silently telling us that things are slowly improving. So, this is good news. The best news is that third-party sellers, many of whom are small businesses, can start selling again.

3 – YouTube launched a video creation tool.

Last week, YouTube launched its free video creation feature, called Video Builder, to help companies keep in touch with their customers during the shutdown due to COVID-19. Although the current version is the beta version of YouTube, the company shared that it decided to launch the tool earlier than originally planned, in order to ease the burden for companies that currently have limited resources and may not have access to equipment. external video. With Video Builder, business owners can produce 15-second or six-second videos, and choose from a variety of layouts, colors and fonts to use in their videos. (Source: CNET)

Why this is important to your business:

My company, like many small businesses, produces many YouTube videos to help our customers make better use of the products we sell. But we are not video producers and we are not experts in this technology. So tools like Video Builder help … a lot. Many can help you so much.

4 – Microsoft is postponing the end of support for older versions of Windows 10 due to Coronavirus.

Microsoft announced an extension for support for older versions of Windows 10 software. Initially, Microsoft planned to discontinue technical support for Windows 10 last week. However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the company has now extended support until October 13º, giving IT administrators another six months. With IT administrators working harder to help employees work from home during the crisis, the company wanted to make sure that updates and security patches were still provided for older versions of Windows until things were over. (Source: The Verge)

Why this is important to your business:

This means that you can happily use your older version of Windows 10. It doesn’t. Regardless of the fact that it’s just a suspension of execution, companies running older versions of Windows are more exposed to security threats, including malware attacks and data hackers. The mere fact that Microsoft offers more time does not prevent you from upgrading the Windows 10 operating system to the latest version. Otherwise, you are really risking your company’s data.

5– A security startup for electrical workers launched a distance and contact tracker in the COVID-19 workplace.

Proxxi – a Vancouver-based startup – has launched a wearable device called Halo to help stop the spread of COVID-19. While Proxxi typically focuses on creating devices that assist safety among those working in the electrical industry, this new device – which can be worn on the user’s wrist – focuses on helping users follow recommended distance guidelines, while pandemic light. (Source: TechCrunch)

Why this is important to your business:

The company says its band will vibrate and provide notification if two people using the device are not at least five feet away from each other. The band will also accompany all bands that are nearby. It can be a useful tool for improving workplace safety in these pandemic times.

Paula Fonseca