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Take These 10 Steps To Keep Trolls Away From Your Zoom Video Conferences

By March 30, 2020 No Comments

Video conferencing, under the new “quarantine normal” is quickly becoming more popular for all of us as a means to stay connected, whether it’s for online school, work or to socialize with friends and family. ZOOM, in particular, has become the go-to video conferencing tool for such use by a great part of the population including many school districts and universities. Sadly, there’s a portion of the population that gets a cheap thrill from disrupting it jeopardizing our online safety and security.

A relatively new internet troll, Zoom-bombing has taken over video conferences with hateful images and vulgar screen-shares. Knowing about this potential harm and how to combat the hacker’s chances of accessibility is essential. In fact, never more than today has online safety and security been more important. A bit of diligence and time when setting up your video conference safely is key for keeping our kids and family members away from these hackers.

Here are a few host tips:

  1. Disable “Join Before Host”
  2. Enable “Co-Host” to assign extra moderators
  3. Disable “File Transfer” to stop digital viral sharing
  4. Disable “Allow Removed Participants to Rejoin”
  5. Enable the “Waiting room” feature
  6. Share meeting invites responsibly
  7. Use unique meeting IDs
  8. Require passwords for everything
  9. Make meetings/conferences invite-only
  10. Lock it once it reaches a certain number of people

These key precautions will keep you and your kids safe from hackers and you’ll be on your way to stress-free calls, classes, and happy hours.

 

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