Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 is keeping entrepreneurs at home. This means that these business owners are conducting many of their client calls, hosting networking meetings and even meeting with friends and family for virtual happy hours. How to be secure on a Zoom call is something we’ve been talking with our clients about because “Zoom bombing” – having your private meeting taken over by a hacker or stranger has become common.

We have put together a quick list for how to be secure and protect yourself from a Zoom bombing incident.

How To Be Secure On A Zoom Call

  • Use a password for your meetings. Once someone registers, send them a password. Don’t share your meeting link online in a social media group, for example, unless you’re keeping the meeting secure by requiring registration and passwords.
  • Utilize the “waiting room” function. This means you need to open the virtual doors to welcome people in.
  • Make sure you have enabled the setting that no one can join the meeting before you, the host, has arrived.
  • Turn off screen sharing for participants. This way if someone you don’t want in the meeting somehow gets in, they can’t share items you don’t want to see.
  • Use a randomly generated identification code when you set up the meeting. If you use your own Zoom ID, it’s like giving the world your personal cell number.
  • Don’t let attendees share files. This is a great way for a hacker to insert ransomware into your attendees’ computers if they click the link or open the file.
  • Update your Zoom account every time they push out a patch or update.

Are you using Zoom to “meet” with colleagues or continue to grow your business during this unprecedented shut down? We’d love to know and we’d also love to Zoom with you!

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