During these days of social distancing in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, many people are using video conferencing services for work meetings, social gatherings and teaching classes.  The most popular video conferencing service is Zoom, which has seen a huge surge in users during the past month.  The media has reported extensively on what has come to be known as Zoombombing where a hacker disrupts a meeting with pornography or other offensive material.  Fortunately, Zoom can be relatively safe to use if you take proper precautions.

Also scammers are taking advantage of the public’s interest in Zoom to set up phony Zoom websites where they lure people into downloading malware when they think they are downloading Zoom software.  It is important to only download Zoom software from secure and authorized sites.

TIPS

Just like all of your online accounts, you should use a strong and unique password for your Zoom account.  When you register for Zoom you are given a Personal Meeting ID.  Keep this private because anyone who learns your Personal Meeting ID will be able to join any meeting you host. Zoom also provides for dual factor authentication, which is always a good idea to do when available.  Zoom also recently made meetings specifically password protected by default which is a good thing. Also don’t share conference links on social media.  Finally, Zoom will allow you to set up a “waiting room” where the host of the meeting can screen participants before they join the meeting.  This is a good protection from Zoombombing.

Most importantly, in order to avoid downloading malware when you think you are downloading Zoom software, only obtain your Zoom software for your computer from Zoom’s website which is https://zoom.us/

If you are going to use Zoom on your phone, download it from the App Store here https://apps.apple.com/us/app/zoom-cloud-meetings/id546505307 or Google Play here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings&hl=en

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