Zoom Updates User Privacy, Security on Its Videoconferencing Platform
Enhanced password protections and meeting controls are aimed at preventing Zoombombing
Zoom, which has encountered a spate of bad publicity over security and privacy vulnerabilities on its videoconferencing platform, is launching a number of updates this week to better protect consumers.
The coronavirus pandemic, which has forced most Americans to stay home, has triggered meteoric growth in Zoom’s traffic—from 10 million daily users in December to 300 million this month. But the sudden popularity has exposed a variety of problems in the platform, which was built primarily for business but is now used for everything from online guitar lessons to virtual happy hours.
How to Use Zoom More Safely
If you’re using Zoom, here are a few steps you can take to enhance your privacy and security.
The most basic precaution is to assume that anything you say or do in a Zoom meeting could be recorded by the meeting host and possibly other participants. These recordings can be shared with third parties who weren’t in the original meeting.
If you’re the host, you should turn on the option that notifies participants that you intend to record the meeting and ask for their consent.
To prevent Zoombombing, don’t share meeting links, and urge other participants not to share them, either.
If you’re in a meeting at home, pay attention to your surroundings. Users who don’t want clients and coworkers to see the books on a shelf or the dirty dishes in the sink can use a photo from their hard drive as a background; the feature works well.