Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, and FaceTime are all frequently used for video conference calls. Whether you are using the software version on your computer, or the app, there are several settings that can make your video conferences more private and secure.
1. Update your video conferencing software on your desktop
The best way to protect your privacy and security, is to make sure to frequently update your video conferencing software on your desktop. Depending on the software you are using, it will ask you to update your software once you log in if a new version is available (Zoom or Skype), or it will automatically update once you update your browser (Google Hangouts) or Operating System (FaceTime).
2. Update your video conferencing apps on your mobile device
You can change your settings on your mobile device to automatically update your video conferencing app when a new version is available.
- For iOS instructions click here.
- For Android instructions click here.
3. Create a password for your Zoom meetings.
For extra security during your Zoom meetings, you can enable a password. This way only invited guests that have the password can enter the meeting, and "zoom bombings" will be prevented. Skype, Google Hangouts and FaceTime do not have this option available. To learn how to set up a password for your Zoom meetings, click here.
4. Enable 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) in Zoom
When you're using the Zoom app, you can enable 2FA to make sure only you can enter the app. Skype, Google Hangouts, and FaceTime do not have the 2FA option available. More info on using 2FA in Zoom here.
5. Additional privacy and security settings for Zoom
Depending on your individual needs, you can enable additional features in Zoom to keep your meetings as private and secure as possible. For more info, click here.