ZOOM SECURITY TIPS
Zoom is being widely used across the University for virtual meetings and for teaching during this period of disruption due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent weeks, a number of cases of intrusion into Zoom sessions have been reported. Zoom has many features to ensure privacy and security of meetings, but unless the security and privacy settings are in place for your meeting, your Zoom session will be vulnerable to malicious intrusions.
Here are some useful tips to ensure that your Zoom meetings are secure:
1. Update to the latest version of the Zoom App. Apple Mac users should uninstall the Zoom App and install the latest version while Windows users should update to the latest version from https://zoom.us/download
2. Use the Password Protect feature to protect Zoom meetings and share the password only with the designated participants.
3. Disable screen sharing for participants and allow only the meeting host can present
4. Enable the "Waiting Room" feature so that you can see who is attempting to join the meeting before allowing them access.
5. Disable “Join before host” feature.
6. Enable Mute participant upon entry.
7. Make sure that your Windows and/or MacOS updated to the latest version.
8. Make sure that the Symantec Endpoint (antivirus) software is updated to the latest version.
Please see the links below for instructions on how to adjust your Zoom settings to secure your meetings:
- Link to best practices: https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/27/best-practices-for-securing-your-virtual-classroom/
- Practice safe use of Zoom: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/zoombombing-what-it-is-and-how-to-prevent-it-in-zoom-video-chat/
- More information from the CEO of Zoom: https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/04/01/a-message-to-our-users/
- 6 Tips to Deter Zoom-bombers - in times of disruption https://docs.google.com/document/d/1o16M200ruwHCA3iBqg72yKo3vjxXCblmNGZeV38smUs/edit
Mona Information Technology Services
The University of the West Indies