One of Zoom's key features has unfortunately made it very easy to access Zoom conversations uninvited and as such highlighted certain privacy risks. In this guide, we will discuss some tips for making Zoom as safe as possible.
How to prevent Zoombombing?
All conversations in Zoom are assigned a unique Personal Meeting ID (PMI). This is a nine-digit number. Unfortunately, as Zoom has grown in popularity, a new spam phenomenon has emerged called “Zoombombing”. This means that spammers, hackers, and other malicious parties can try to get into video conferences by entering random Meeting ID numbers. With this, they can listen in on meetings and possibly collect private and confidential information. However, this doesn’t mean that you stop using Zoom. You can easily improve the privacy of your Zoom calls using the following steps below.
How to use a password in Zoom?
The quickest way to create an additional security filter is by adding a password. You can do this via both the mobile app and the browser version of Zoom.
- Go to Meetings, and select Edit.
- Once here, choose ‘Require meeting pass’.
- Now enter a password of your choice
How to use the waiting room in Zoom?
The Waiting Room is a function in which participants are first placed in a virtual waiting room. As a host, you have full control over which users you want to give access to the conversation or not. This is how:
- Select Admit (give permission) or Delete (don’t give permission.
If you have not already activated the waiting room feature, it is simple to do:
- Go to Meetings > Edit > Advanced Options (only applicable in the desktop version), and select Enable waiting room
How to remove users from a video call?
If for some reason an unwanted participant has entered your meeting, or if you want to remove a particular user for whatsoever reason, you can remove them. To do this:
- Go to the Participants section during the meeting.
- Select the person that you want to remove, and choose the Remove option.
How to lock the meeting?
If you have all of the desired collaborators connected to your video meeting, you can lock the conversation and stop any new users joining. In the desktop version of Zoom, this works as follows:
- During the video call, go to Manage Participants and select More in the window that appears.
- Now select Lock Meeting.
In the mobile app you can do this by tapping More at the bottom right of your screen. Then open the Meeting Settings and turn on the switch next to Lock Meeting.