How to stay secure on Zoom

The sad reality is that some people are living among us and we have no idea as to what lengths they will go to spread vile messages of hatred.

Coronavirus: Racist 'zoombombing' at virtual synagogue - BBC News

"Zoombombing" is a thing - it's where uninvited guests join an online Zoom meeting in order to post derogatory and denigrating comments in the chat window, screen-sharing pornography or other disturbing imagery.

In the current state of lockdown Zoom, Microsoft Teams and apps like HouseParty have seen exponential increases in downloads, new accounts and usage on a daily basis.

As usual new and unfamiliar apps and websites take a while for us to fully understand how to use them but more importantly, how to secure them.

So if you find yourself hosting or attending a Zoom meeting in the coming days and weeks make sure you check and double-check the following:

  • NEVER share the link or the meeting ID on public platforms (and if you share photos of the meeting make sure the ID is not visible)

  • NEVER use the personal meeting ID, instead allow Zoom to create a random number for each meeting

  • ALWAYS add a meeting password and make it complex (attendees can copy/paste it)

  • ALWAYS set screen sharing to "host only"

  • DISABLE file transfer

  • DISABLE "join before host"

  • DISABLE "allow removed participants to rejoin"

So if you are setting up a Zoom meeting make sure you configure the settings to maintain maximum security. Here's how we setup our meetings:

The risks of leaving security holes all over the place are significantly higher during times of crises when our focus will most likely be on other things. Even the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, tweeted a screenshot of the first ever digital cabinet meeting and showed everyone on Twitter the Meeting ID number.

Thankfully, the meeting was password-protected but what would be the odds on it being something like "coronavirus" or "covid19"?