Interrupted on a virtual meeting by an unruly and unwanted guest? Welcome to Zoombombing!
FYI…Zoombombing refers to the unwanted, disruptive intrusion, generally by Internet trolls and hackers, into a video conference call.
In a typical Zoombombing incident, a teleconferencing session is hijacked by the insertion of material that are lewd, obscene, racist, or antisemitic in nature, typically resulting of the shutdown of the session. The term is especially associated with and is derived from the name of the Zoom videoconferencing software program, but it has also been used to refer to the phenomenon on other video conferencing platforms.
With 200 virtual meeting held online every day, there are plenty of opportunities for hackers to crash your virtual party.
Here are a few tips to steer clear of their antics:
Strictly control event access
Don’t publish a zoom link on social media or event advertisements with links. Have people sign up for registration, vet them first and then send them a link. Also, a virtual event platform with integrated event registration provides an easy way to set up and host a virtual event while controlling approved participants and limiting the risk of hijacking.
You can also set a password or similar authentication requirement to allow attendees to join the event. You can also prevent access to the event after a specific time to keep out unwanted users (however, be sure to let your attendees know about this time well in advance).
Make network security a priority
Make sure your own system is protected before you host an event. Patch and update your network-based firewall, use endpoint security, content filtering, use strong passwords, and secure WIFiI.
Security tips for participants
Cyber safety is a top priority for online events. Implementing these security tips will ensure your event runs as smoothly and safely as possible. If you need help with protecting your business contact DarkHound at [email protected].
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