Making Safe video conference calls

on Saturday, 09 May 2020.

Read the advice from the National Security Cyber Centre

Here are dos and don’ts hosts should follow when creating a meeting to ensure it is safe.


  1. Never publish your meeting password on a public forum/website.
  2. Don’t click on any links that appear from a chat video. Get the participant to send this via email.
  3. Don’t accept any files via messenger or meeting forum tools.
  4. Don’t assume that all Zoom meeting invites/links are safe. Verify this with the person that has sent you the invite.
  5. Never go to a meeting that doesn’t have a password.
  6. Never give control of your screen to a third party.
  7. Don’t accept any files from chat forums.
  8. Don’t assume all invites are legit and safe.  Some people use this as a phishing tool to obtain usernames and passwords.  Check the URL and where it takes you.


  1. Always update the app proactively and when prompted – don’t wait for later. The latest version of Zoom is April 27, 2020 Version 5.0.0 (23168.0427).
  2. Always set up the meeting with a nine character password.
  3. Always lock the meeting room once all known participants have arrived.
  4. Remove unwanted participants and prevent them from re-joining the meeting.
  5. Mute participants on entry of meetings.
  6. Disable video on entry of meetings.
  7. Enable waiting rooms to verify participants where possible.
  8. Encourage the use of “Allow only signed-in users to join”.

Please read the advice from the National Security Cyber Centre.

Courtesy of Swim England


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