Welcome to #WeekendWisdom number 22. This week we’re going to talk about Securing Zoom Meetings.

Zoom has data privacy issues

Zoom is a very popular videoconferencing platform, which has come into its own in this pandemic crisis. However I have significant data protection and data privacy concerns about the product, so I will never use it. I will never allow it to be installed on my machines.

Just yesterday Zoom has promised to address all the data protection and data privacy concerns that people have been raising. So I will wait until then before reassessing my position on Zoom.

Take these steps towards securing Zoom meetings

There is a phenomenon called “Zoom Bombing” where people have broken into or invaded Zoom meetings. They may say inappropriate things or share unwelcome content in the meeting. Therefore the default security settings of Zoom are not great.

However you may be required to use it by your employer or clients. So with that in mind please take the following tips to secure your Zoom meetings:

  1. Set a password for each meeting.
  2. Enable the “Waiting room”, so that the host must authorise each participant to be able to join the meeting.
  3. Enable “Host only” screen sharing.
  4. Disable the “Allow removed participant to rejoin” so that if you kick somebody out of the meeting, they’re not able to come back in again.
  5. Disable “File transfer” or limit the types of files that can be transferred.
  6. Don’t share your meeting link publicly in a public place. Anybody with the meeting link may be able to join
  7. If the Zoom client asks for an update, let it update immediately.
  8. Don’t take a screengrab of your meeting and post it publicly like Boris Johnson did

So that’s it for this week. Let’s be careful out there and we’ll talk to you again next week.

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