Transitioning to Zoom for Online Team Training Conference Calls
PHENIX CITY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TAKE ONLINE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID VIDEO HACKERS
As COVID-19 continues to linger and case number continue to rise, more people have been asked to work at home to practice social distancing. Zoom has become a popular easy way for groups up to 100 people to hold conference video calls and meetings, which is why these calls have become the latest target for hackers.
The Phenix City Department of Public Safety is one of the local groups that have transitioned to using Zoom, and security was a huge priority for Captain George Staudinger, as well as staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Officers can be in their cars. Supervisors or investigators can be in their offices, where we don’t have everyone in the same room together. We’ve actually also used it to host a training webinar for our officers. That’s been an issue before. We would have 30-40 officers down in our training facility in the same room.”
Here are a few safety tips to consider when using Zoom or other video conference calls:
- Create separate passwords for each virtual meeting;
- Establish a Zoom waiting room for meeting participants
- Lock down the meeting once everyone invited to attend has joined
- Do not publicly post meeting links on social media or any other public forum