How To Make Your Zoom Meetings Safe and Secure


The simplest way to prevent unwanted attendees and hijacking is to set a password for your meeting. Passwords can be set at the individual meeting, user, group, or account level for all sessions. In order to do so, first sign in with your account at the Zoom web portal. If you want to set up a password at the individual meeting level, head straight over to the “Settings” tab and enable “Require a password when scheduling new meetings”, which will ensure a password will be generated when a meeting is scheduled. All participants require the password to join the meeting. Subscription holders can also choose to go into “Group Management” to require that everyone follows the same password practices.

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Someone Can Still Read Your Gmail

Google employees cannot read your Gmail content–but some app developers can.

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, sent a letter to lawmakers on Capitol Hill admitting that app developers can gather data from Gmail accounts and share it with third parties, the Wall Street Journal reports. Google itself used to do this for ad targeting purposes but stopped the practice last year. Some app companies even have the ability to read the contents of your emails and share that information freely, but Google says it makes sure these companies first disclose to users how they’re using the data.

Susan Molinari, Google’s vice president for public policy and government affairs for the Americas, wrote in the letter that app companies must make their privacy policies “easily accessible to users to review before deciding whether to grant access.” Information that app companies gather include what products you’ve purchased or who you communicate with the most using Gmail, according to WSJ.

Business owners who use Gmail for company email can prevent employees from installing apps that have not been approved by the company, according to Google. You can also look up which apps have access to your information by clicking on “Apps with account access” on your account settings, and revoke any permissions previously granted.

Alphabet’s letter came in response to questions from Congress about privacy and how the contents of emails could potentially be misused. Lawmakers have taken a closer look at how tech companies guard their users’ data against bad actors in the wake of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal that exposed the personal information of more than 87 million Facebook users.

At a Senate Commerce Committee hearing scheduled for September 26, executives from Google, Amazon, Twitter, and Apple will testify about how their companies safeguard consumer data privacy.

PUBLISHED ON: 21 September 2018 on

Have you been hacked?

It is easy to ignore the ever present data hacks stories in news headlines, but once someone starts stealing your identity or taking control of your social media accounts, you will probably be prompted to find ways to prevent the incursion. If you ever want to find out if one of your accounts has been compromised, there are some simple-to-use tools that can help.

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