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Worried about ‘Zoombombing’? Follow these handy tips…

One of the sub-headings of the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown has been the move to virtual meetings via videoconferencing technology – and from there, the security breaches that have occurred. 

Zoom in particular has been making the headlines for less than positive reasons; its use is now banned by several major corporations, and the term ‘Zoombombing’ added to the English language.

However, virtual hangouts offer big benefits (even with no enforced social distancing and isolation); the key is knowing how to make the most of its security features.

To help you out, risk management company Turnkey Consulting has put together the following security checklist and accompanying infographic to keep Zoom meetings private:

  1. Require a password for new meetings: this will prevent unwelcome guests from being able to join the call, as long as they haven’t been invited and been provided with the password.
  2. Set screen sharing to ‘host only’: this will prevent anyone randomly taking control of the screen to share something inappropriate.
  3. Disable file transfer: this will stop the spread of malicious files, should an uninvited guest manage to join the call.
  4. Disable ‘Join before host’: this will prevent a participant joining before the host arrives and exploiting the controls. There is also the option to use the ‘Waiting Room’ feature, which automatically places attendees in a virtual room; they can only be admitted to the call by the host.
  5. Disable ‘Allow removed participants to re-join’: turning off this feature will prevent guests that have been removed re-joining the call.

Main Image by Tina Koehler from Pixabay