Since so many people are required to stay at home due to the Coronavirus, video web conference usage has skyrocketed. That attracts scammers and hackers, so the April Tech Tip focuses video web conference safety. It's essential that you practice safety and protect you and your family, especially given many of our children will utilize these tools for remote learning! Also learn to protect against “Zoom Bombing” (see details below).
Zoom Bombing is when hackers gain access to a Zoom meeting and attempt to disrupt the video chat and upset participants by shouting profanity or racial slurs or putting disturbing or offensive images in their video feed.
Most importantly, Zoom users should not share meeting links publicly. Rather than posting a meeting link to a Facebook group or in a promotional tweet, distribute information via a more private method, such as email
Set your meetings to “private” requiring attendees to provide a password for access.
Don’t use your personal meeting ID. Every registered Zoom user has a personal meeting ID, linked to what is essentially a permanent virtual meeting room. Because that ID doesn’t change, sharing it publicly increases the chance that future meetings using your personal ID might be Zoom bombed.
Share your personal meeting ID only with your most trusted contacts.
Restrict video sharing. If the meeting host is the only person who needs to share video, such as in a seminar or presentation, the host should change Zoom’s screen-sharing setting to “Host only.”