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It is here to stay; why an encrypted-SSD upgrade makes sense at home

There is no way to downplay how COVID-19 has affected the way we live, do business and educate our children. One year into it, and the end is still nebulously off in the distance. Although, what was once not even a pinhole-sized visible light of hope in a vast sea of darkness is now shining bright and growing thanks to many efforts.

Yet, as often happens, out of challenging times comes innovative thought and new ways of doing things. And COVID has brought about some meaningful changes to our lives.

While we may have blindly hit upon these eventually, COVID-19 raised the urgency and, as it has so many times in the past, humanity has stepped up to the plate. While maybe not knocking it out of the park, we certainly haven’t struck out. Things such as telemedicine, video conferencing and food delivery will be around long past our return to normalcy ̶ however that is redefined.

COVID-19 has dramatically changed how some jobs are performed with more people working from home (WFH). According to a recent Gallup Panel1, 56% of U.S. workers continue working all or part of the time remotely to avoid catching or spreading COVID-19.

The Gallup Panel asked people if their employer left the decision up to them, would they prefer to return to the office like before the pandemic or work remotely as much as possible once restrictions were lifted? If remotely, was the reason that they prefer working at home, or was it fear of the virus? Forty-four percent said they would continue working remotely because they enjoyed it; 17% preferred to continue remotely because of fear of the virus; and 39% preferred returning to the office.

One way or another, it appears a sizeable amount of the workforce will switch to WFH permanently once we bid adieu to COVID-19. That would make now an excellent time to upgrade the storage on your personal or company’s existing desktop PC or laptop by switching from its old hard-disk drive (HDD) to a newer, faster, more reliable and more secure encrypted solid-state drive (SSD).

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