We all depend on Zoom on these pandemic days – for our social lives, family visits, clubs, business gatherings, community gatherings, and just about everything else.
One of the reasons Zoom has taken over the video chat app field so quickly is that it’s so simple – one click and you’re in. But that ease of use comes (or did so until recently) with a downside: one click and someone else – such as a hacker or disrupter – is also in. If you’ve never heard of Zoom bombing, it IS a thing. Intruders of all kinds have spied and disrupted Zoom meetings. For that reason, many schools and medical facilities no longer use Zoom and have moved to other meeting platforms where privacy is key.
Zoom had so many security issues that the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) went after them for security breaches. Zoom recently agreed to fix them, but gaps and glitches remain.
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Top safety tips for Zoom:
- Use two-step verification for your account. Here’s how to set up 2FA for Zoom.
- Do not fall for fake Zoom apps. Scammers use fake web addresses to gain access to your computer. Download only from ZOOM us. Check URLs for fake addresses that look alike, such as Zooms.us
- Do not post Zoom links on social media. This is an invitation to Zoom bombers to crash your meeting.
- If you’re running a meeting and want to make sure no one crashes, toggle it waiting room function so no one can enter without your admitting them. That way, no one can enter without you admitting them. Also enable the password function. You can choose one or the other, but Zoom now requires you to enable at least one.
- Don’t go too far with screen sharing, especially if you keep private information on your desktop.
- Checking out these best practices. You probably don’t need most of them, but you need to know what they are.
- Read this article for more great tips.