“Zoombombing” is here—Stay Protected!

Duke Evett’s five tips to defuse the “Zoombomb.”

With more than half of America working from home, we are relying on virtual-teleconferencing platforms such as Zoom, GoToMeeting and Google Meet to conduct business in our “new normal” way.   Zoom is easy to navigate which helped make it the default social platform and contribute to its 20% jump in usage since the COVID 19 stay-at-home orders began. Unfortunately, this quick rise made Zoom vulnerable to attacks and the onset of “Zoombombing”— the unwanted intrusion into a video conference call by an individual, causing disruption. Here are five tips to help prevent “Zoombombing” during your next virtual meeting:

  1. Let Zoom generate a new meeting identification for each meeting, never use the same meeting identification twice, use a randomly generated password and not your own meeting password, and never publicly share the meeting link or password.
  2. Connect to Zoom using your full name and email address to ensure the meeting host can quickly identify all participants and can eject anyone who is not invited.
  3. Connect to Zoom using your home or office WiFi and not public WiFi.
  4. Update the Zoom software often to ensure you have the latest version.
  5. Create an exit strategy if you are “Zoombombed” by instructing participants to leave the meeting immediately if hacked and wait for the host to contact the group.xty

Good luck with the “new normal” in virtual meetings; go forth and conquer.  

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