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Liven up your Zoom or Teams meetings with 19 original art backgrounds

Use these background images from top illustrators to liven up your Zoom or Microsoft Teams meetings.

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Homeworking is here to stay. But according to Kaspersky’s report, How COVID-19 changed the way people work, one in four of us don’t have a dedicated work-from-home space. And as video calls and weekly quizzes replace the in-office face-to-face, you might be wondering how to distract your colleagues from the untidy bookcase behind you.

A neat feature being rolled out in popular video conferencing software like Zoom and Microsoft Teams lets you upload an image to use as your background during a meeting. To celebrate, we’re releasing some of our favorite artwork from Secure Futures magazine, created by world-leading illustrators, to add your own style to your next video call.

Here’s how it’s transformed our team’s home workspaces!

To use an image, right-click on it. If your mouse has no separate right-click, hold Control and click. When the menu appears, choose ‘save as.’

Then follow the steps: Change your background in Zoom or change your background in Microsoft Teams.

The text will show the wrong way round in your preview, but Zoom and Microsoft teams use a mirror format so it will look be the right way round to people in your video call.

We’ve also linked to the articles the illustrations are about for more tips on technology and cybersecurity to change your working world.

1. Drift off into space

Art by Hurca! (Italy)
From Flexible working: why your workforce (and finance director) will love you for it

2. Be the center of attention

Art by Justin Wyatt (UK)
From Predictions for Earth 2050: how will cybersecurity change?

3. Hint that you’ve not read the email

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Art by Andreu Zaragoza (Spain)
From Working in the ‘post-email’ era

4. Bring minds together

kaspersky secure futures magazine homeworking mental health

Art by Holly Stapleton (Canada)
From Supporting your homeworking team’s mental health: Advice from psychologists

5. Hypnotize your difficult stakeholders

technologies helping to fight coronavirus

Art by Datalands (USA)
From How tech and innovation are fighting the coronavirus, COVID-19

6. Communicate what’s on your mind

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Art by Chris Koehler (USA)
From What does neural implant technology mean for digital privacy?

7. Get a room with a blue

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Art by Hurca! (Italy)
From Securing home workers isn’t just about technology. It’s about business culture.

8. Make any day Freaky Friday

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Art by Danny Ivan (UK)
From A new breed of encryption algorithms that quantum computers can’t yet beat

9. Let there be rock

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Art by Andreu Zaragoza (Spain)
From Hacking back: Could active cyber defense protect your business from data thieves?

10. Get the message out

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Art by Paul Sizer (USA)
From Inventions you never knew were from Russia

11. Take charge of the meeting

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Art by Hurca! (Italy)
From Why now is the right time to plan your incident response communication

12. Show your colleagues the sky’s not even the limit

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Art by Chris Koehler (USA)
From IT came from outer space: How space technology conquered the world

13. Halo or eye of Mordor? It depends who’s asking.

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Art by Morgan Fisher (Japan)
From Boost cybersecurity for remote working teams with system hardening

14. Fire on all circuitskaspersky secure futures magazine composable infrastructure

Art by sodavekt (UK)
From How composable infrastructure is helping companies digitally transform without adding risk

15. Keep your eye on the destination

kaspersky secure futures magazine autonomous vehicles

Art by Anna Novikova (Russia)
From Driving change: will autonomous vehicles be safe to use?

16. Connect the old-fashioned way

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Art by Chris Koehler (USA)
From Privacy is dead. Long live privacy!

17. Work somewhere else

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Art by Hurca! (Italy)
From Enjoy the freedom of workforce mobility, without compromising on information security

18. Twist into darkness
kaspersky secure futures magazine dark web monitoring

Art by Datalands (USA)
Read the article: Can dark web monitoring move you one step ahead of cybercriminals?

19. Ghost the conversation

Art by Thierry Dulau (Basque Country)
From Detection is better than cure: Seeing and preventing supply chain attacks

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About authors

Susi O’Neill is the Editor-in-Chief of Secure Futures and host of business tech podcast Insight Story. She’s a seasoned creative who’s led business content programs for brands including EY, Mastercard and Unilever. Off the clock, she’s a musician and performer who gives international performances playing theremin, the world’s first electronic instrument.