Help the hosts of our zoom calls ensure security. Here are some things you can do.
On your zoom account, put your own picture and a name that we would recognize, e.g. Jane and John Doe is better than JJ ipad. Make note of the zoom links somewhere safe. We will be removing links from the website, so keep a cheat sheet or put the link into your calendar, whether paper based or computer-based. If you are left in the waiting room for long, it may be because we don’t recognize your name, so watch for a message from the host asking you to identify yourself. Don’t share the zoom links on a web page or facebook; emailing to a friend is fine, in fact, encouraged.
Some calls may start restricting to “authenticated users only”. This just means you have to be logged into zoom before joining (as zoom bombers are usually just trying to join “on the fly”).
If a participant tries to join the meeting or webinar and is not logged into Zoom, they will receive the following messages The host would likely tell you in advance if they are using this function.
New to zoom?
You may have discovered that depending on what device you’re using, the controls are in different places. Here’s a good getting started resource that includes links to the various devices to help you. https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697
Want to test your video or microphone before joining a meeting?
Here’s how: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362283-Testing-computer-or-device-audio
More about zoom bombers
Many of us are using zoom for UCV events and also the many community and activist communities we’re involved with. You may have heard of “zoom bombers” who scour websites for new zoom links to “bomb” your meetings with pornography or racism, creating havoc.
Peter Bowden is a UU congregational consultant who offers web training on communications and social media for UU congregations. Here’s his 15-minute video about security for zoom.
Prevent Zoom Bombing: 12 Ways to Practice Safer Zoom
What is Zoom doing about this?
Blog Post from CEO Eric Yuan
A Message to Our Users
To put this growth in context, as of the end of December last year, the maximum number of daily meeting participants, both free and paid, conducted on Zoom was approximately 10 million. In March this year, we reached more than 200 million daily meeting participants, both free and paid.
However, we did not design the product with the foresight that, in a matter of weeks, every person in the world would suddenly be working, studying, and socializing from home. We now have a much broader set of users who are utilizing our product in a myriad of unexpected ways, presenting us with challenges we did not anticipate when the platform was conceived.
These new, mostly consumer use cases have helped us uncover unforeseen issues with our platform. Dedicated journalists and security researchers have also helped to identify pre-existing ones.
More indepth article about the issues