As if COVID-19 hasn’t given us enough to worry about, your online meeting can be accessed by uninvited guests who then disrupt the meeting with pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language.

According to an FBI Press Release, reports of VTC (video teleconferencing) hijacking, also known as “Zoom Bombing”, are emerging nationwide. In order to practice “social distancing” and to adhere to official orders for non-essential businesses to close, business owners, school districts, and organization leaders have implemented VTC platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams in order to keep in communication, remotely manage day to day business, and initiate “distance learning”. With such a mass and rapid movement towards these platforms, it is no wonder that these hijackers are taking advantage of the massive opportunity in front of them.

So, what can you do to protect your online meetings? The FBI recommends implementing these steps to mitigate these threats:

  • Do not make meetings or classrooms public. In Zoom, there are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests.
  • Do not share a link to a teleconference or classroom on an unrestricted publicly available social media post or website Provide the link directly to specific people.
    Manage screensharing options. In Zoom, change screensharing to “Host Only.”
  • Ensure users are using the updated version of remote access/meeting applications. In January 2020, Zoom updated their software. In their security update, the teleconference software provider added passwords by default for meetings and disabled the ability to randomly scan for meetings to join.

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