6 Steps to Safer Zoom Meetings

Zoom has quickly become the standard for online meetings, but there are security settings that should be configured if you want to keep your meetings safe. Here’s a rundown of the most important changes you should think about before your next call.

Before Your Meeting

Here are some things to consider before your next meeting

  • You should test changes in advance of your meeting, not during them.
  • Meetings & events that are listed or advertised on Eventbrite, Facebook, or other platforms need additional consideration and security.
  • If you primarily use Zoom to meet w/ your team (or other people that you trust) privately, you may prefer to skip some of these recommendations.
  • While these recommendations will greatly improve the security of your meetings, you may need to experiment with them to find a balance between security and usability.

To change these settings go to your My Profile Settings page on the Zoom website.

1. Do not use your Personal Meeting ID (PMI) when scheduling a meeting.

Treat your Personal Meeting ID (PMI) like your cell phone number; only give it out to people you trust.

Once someone has the link to your Personal Meeting ID, they can join it at any time the meeting is in use, unless you also lock your meetings with passwords and/or use the Waiting Room feature to admit participants.

2. Require a password when scheduling new meetings.

3. Require that only authenticated users can join meetings. Attendees will be required to to be signed in to
Zoom before entry. (Meeting Options > Only authenticated users can join)

4. Require attendees to wait in the waiting room before the meeting. (Meeting Options > Enable waiting

5. Disable Join Before Host (Meeting Options > Enable join before host)

6. Disable Participant Screen Sharing by default, and enable as needed during the meeting/event.

In addition to these settings, there are several features you can use during a meeting to manage attendees and security. Watch this video to get a detailed overview of them so you can keep your meetings safe.

Additional Resources

● Zoom: Securing Your Zoom Meetings (pdf)
● Zoom: Detailed Overview of Meeting Controls (YouTube)
● Zoom: Joining a Test Meeting

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