Zoom Security Basics

Zoom, a videoconferencing service, has soared in popularity amid the 2020 coronavirus outbreak because of its ease of use.

Zoom has exploded from 10 million to 200 million users in just three months and become a lifeline and a forum for nearly every kind of social function as millions of people shelter- and work- from home.

But is Zoom safe?

The rapid growth has prompted new security measures from Zoom to protect its users from Zoombombing and other concerns.

In this Zoom Security Basics Guide, a series of simple steps you can take right now to keep your Zoom meetings safe and secure.

(1) Password Protect Your Meetings

Look for and enable the “Require a password when scheduling new meetings option in the “Settings” tab.

(2) Require Authentication

Choose to only allow signed-in users to participate when setting up a new event.

(3) Disable Join Before Host

Do not allow others to join a meeting before the host. Enforce under “Account Settings.”

(4) Lock Down Your Meeting

Prevent others from joining a meeting by locking it. Under “Manage Participants,” click “More.”

(5) Keep Your ID Private

Don’t post your meeting ID in social media. Also, use randomly generated IDs when scheduling meetings.

(6) Disable Participant Screen Sharing

Turn off screen sharing for participants. The option is under the “Security” tab during active sessions.

(7) Use Waiting Rooms

Screen participants before you allow them in the room using this feature. You can also use waiting rooms for virtual office hours.

(8) Remove People

Click “More” under the “Participants” tab. Also, disable “Allow Removed Participants to Rejoin” under the “Settings: Meetings – Basic” tab.

(9) Check for updates

Open the desktop app. Look for and click on your Profile in the top-right menu, and then select “Check for Updates.”

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