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Six Tips on How to Use Zoom for Teleconference Safely

Six Tips on How to Use Zoom for Teleconference Safely (antara)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Zoom application is now a prima donna for people who have to do activities at home during the Large Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) program in Indonesia in order to break the chain of the spread of the coronavirus.

Zoom has suddenly become popular, and is used to replace social and professional meetings since gatherings of more than five people are currently not alowed.

Zoom is popular because it provides free access to video conferencing for 40 minutes, and can hold up to hundreds of participants, unlike other applications that are generally only provide acces to dozens of participants.

However, the popularity of this application is also coupled with the Zoombombing event, where unknown people suddenly enter and disrupt the meeting, as what has happened recently.

Alfons Tanujaya, cyber ​​security expert from Vaksin.com, has shared tips on safe usage of video conferencing applications such as Zoom, especially for administrators (host) who open virtual space for meetings.

According to Alfons, the admin is responsible for keeping the virtual meeting conducive, and they should understand and master the features in Zoom.

"Do not set every setting to default," Alfons said.

Here are the safe tips for using Zoom for virtual or online meetings:

1. Use the latest application

Use the latest version of Zoom application to get updates especially for the latest features and security.

2. Don't just share the link to anyone

Only share the meeting link, including ID and password, to people who will attend the meeting. Avoid sharing the link to the public, for example through social media.

"If the link falls into the wrong hands, it will certainly create problems," Alfons added.

3. Activate the waiting room feature

The meeting administrator should turn on the waiting room feature when a meeting participant enters. After logging in Zoom by entering the ID and password, the participant will enter the "waiting room", waiting to be allowed by the administrator.

Admins also should only allow entry of people who have been confirmed to attend the meeting.

4. Activate the "lock meeting" feature

Limit the number of participants who will take part in the meeting. If all participants are present, lock with the "lock meeting" feature so that no one else can join the meeting.

5. Keep the device safe

Participants in the meeting at Zoom must also maintain security on their devices so that data is not hacked and stolen.

6. Turn off unneeded features

Turn off unneeded features, for example sharing screens or Screen Sharing, so that only speakers can use them. Also, turn off other participants' microphones if the speaker is giving an explanation.