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Protect Against Zoombombing: The Dangers Of Video Conferencing

By April 2, 2020June 21st, 2023No Comments

While some of us are enjoying wearing our pyjamas to the home-office or having our pets around when we are trying to meet that deadline, working from home can bring some new unexpected challenges for any organisation.

Some of our clients, like many other workplaces, have made the move to video meeting platforms such as Zoom, Teams or Skype. However, as with everything online, with access comes dangers.

The FBI has reported a huge jump in people jumping onto other people’s video conferences and uploading, porn, hate messages or just being disruptive. So these platforms require the same level of safety and protection as we have with websites and other online access.

We have provided some steps that you can take to prevent the intrusion of an unwanted guest.

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How to protect you and your work meetings from unwanted visitors

The FBI has reported a significant increase in attacks on online video meetings, or ‘Zoombombing’. Here are some easy, simple steps you can take to protect yourself. These are from the ADL and focus on Zoom, but apply to all video meetings platforms.

Zoom Safety Checklist

Before Meeting:

· Disable autosaving chats

· Disable file transfer

. Disable screen sharing for non-hosts

. Disable remote control

. Disable annotations

. Use per-meeting ID, not personal ID

. Disable “Join Before Host”

. Enable “Waiting Room” in order to screen participants

During Meeting:

. Assign at least two co-hosts

. Mute all participants

. Lock the meeting, if all attendees are present

If you are Zoombombed:

. Remove problematic users and disable their ability to rejoin when asked

. Lock the meeting to prevent additional Zoombombing

Read the full article to learn more about the step by step guide to implementing these guidelines

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