Tips for Video Conferencing Safety and Security

For Everyone 

Video conferencing tools, like Zoom.com, are simple, effective tools for remote meetings, online learning and social engagement while social distancing during COVID-19. Unfortunately, these online resources also provide new opportunities for cybercriminals and cyberbullies to prey on unsuspecting victims.

Hackers use phishing schemes to impersonate legitimate online collaboration platforms, like Zoom.com, Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams, to mask their own identity and install unwanted applications. These digital viruses can then alter browser settings and provide malicious access to a user’s data, even opening doors to secure networks.

Unauthorized meeting participants are disrupting video conferences with Zoom Bombing attacks. These interruptions have included racist, pornographic or vulgar content, and have occurred with institutions and organizations around the world.

To avoid these attacks, please note the following:

• Be wary of invites to online meetings from people you don’t know.

• If downloading video conferencing software, type in Zoom.com or the application’s website, instead of clicking an unverified link.

• Utilize Houston Methodist computers and email systems, which have layers of defense to identify and stop potential attacks.

• Do not share meeting links on public-facing platforms.

• When scheduling a meeting, make sure the conference meeting is password-protected and assign a co-host who has administrative duties while someone else is presenting.

• Disable the Allow Removed Participants to Rejoin option so those kicked off the call can’t return.

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