I know a good number of folks have moved over to Zoom as an option. I did because of the ease of use, recording functions, and stability. And of course with all the new migrations over to it, a lot has been revealed about privacy/security issues with the app. They’ve dropped other features for the next three months to work on those things which is a good thing (since I’ve already invested in it). Here are some best practices for using it right now:
From an article on this:
"Here are some tips from the FBI, Zoom and other experts to prevent Zoombombing:
Keep meetings and classrooms private. Do this by requiring a meeting password. Additionally, the “Waiting Room” feature, which is turned on by default, can help hosts control who enters.
Do not share invites to Zoom meetings on social media. Instead, send the meeting password directly to attendees.
Use a random meeting ID, so it can’t be shared multiple times. According to Zoom’s website, this is safer than using a “Personal Meeting ID.”
Change screensharing settings to “Only Host,” so no one but the host can control the screen. The host can also mute participants in their settings.
Lock a Zoom session that has already begun so no one else can join. Do this by clicking “Participants” in the bottom of a Zoom window, then clicking “Lock Meeting.”
Remove participants by hovering over their name in the Participants menu, and clicking the “Remove” option. The removed participant will not be allowed back in, according to Zoom’s website.
The FBI advises users to make sure they have the most updated version of Zoom’s software. A recent security update added default passwords and disabled the ability to scan for meetings to join.”
If you keep chat logs for the Zoom session, then any private messages between participants show up there. I’d been keeping logs for reference, but I’m going to turn that function off.
Here’s an article from the EFF about how to harden your Zoom settings: