Keep Safe While Using Zoom, Avoid Zoom-Bombing

March 05, 2021 |

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Zoom is the official web conferencing tool at Minnesota State University, Mankato. We want to assure you of Zoom's security and also share important information on a popular trend that cybercriminals engage in.

Always Use Secure MinnState Zoom Login

Minnesota State Mankato provides the premium version of Zoom free for all faculty, staff, and students. Always use our secure login portal, minnstate.zoom.us, to ensure that your data is safe. Your account is already set up, just log in with your StarID and StarID password.

Do not use the free version of Zoom as it could pose potential security threats.


“Zoom-Bomber” Trend & How to Avoid It

“Zoom-bombing” is when uninvited participants join a meeting with the intention to disrupt it. Cybercriminals may use this tactic to gain personal information or simply cause disruption.

To boost your security, use these simple settings when creating your meeting:
  1. Consider using a generically created meeting ID, not your personal meeting ID (this can be done in the schedule meetings option).
  2. Allow only authenticated users to join your meeting.
  3. Use meeting passwords for your meetings.

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What Minnesota State is Doing to Protect Users

The default for any newly created Zoom meetings at minnstate.zoom.us has two features enabled by default to ensure security in meetings:

  1. Waiting Rooms Enabled for Guest Accounts
  2. Only Hosts Can Share (Hosts can grant this permission to participants)

While these new settings shouldn't interrupt your meetings, your meeting participants may be asked to wait until the host joins the meeting, or they may see another new screen.

 

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