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Whatever the reason, your commitment to supporting survivors of domestic violence - and your desire to do what it takes to keep it from ever happening in the first place - is clear.  At NYSCADV, our work is to create and support the social change necessary to prevent and confront all forms of domestic violence. We do this by providing training and technical assistance for local domestic violence programs across New York State, working with communities to change our culture into one that doesn't condone violence, and advocating for policies to make sure that survivors across our state are provided the support they need to get safe and heal. 

Show your support for survivors of domestic violence in New York State by donating to our Coalition. Every dollar you give to NYSCADV will go directly to sustain our work, and will make a tremendous difference in the lives of survivors and in the work of the domestic violence advocates who support them.

Security and Privacy Measures for Zoom

Security and Privacy Measures for Zoom

Lately, concerns have arisen regarding Zoom Meeting’s security and privacy settings and potential risks for users. Zoom has announced that the platform will be making changes based on these privacy concerns.

In the meantime, here are some tips to keep your meetings with clients or colleagues secure while using Zoom.

Recommended meeting & chat settings for secure and private virtual meetings and chats:

  • Meeting ID: Each Zoom Meeting account holder is assigned a nine-digit Personal Meeting ID (PMID) when setting up a meeting. Hosts have the option to use that ID, which remains consistent for every meeting that account holder schedules, or has a random meeting ID generated automatically.  To keep your PMID secure, when scheduling meetings, select “Generate Automatically” rather than using your personal PMID.  This will keep your personal PMID private and ensure it cannot be used by a third party without your permission to start meetings or join in-progress meetings. Limit the sharing of meeting links, meeting ID’s, and meeting passwords to your intended meeting attendees.  Avoid sharing this information publicly or on social media.
  • End-to-End Chat Encryption: Activating End-to-End Chat Encryption ensures your meetings are not visible to Zoom. Steps to enable this feature can be found here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/207599823-End-To-End-Encryption-for-Chat
     
  • Meeting Password: Consider assigning a password to each meeting to add another step of security to your meetings.  Attendees will not be able to join without entering both the meeting ID and the password. You can also enable a password for participants joining by phone only.  More information and steps to enable this feature can be found here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360033559832-Meeting-and-Webinar-Passwords-
     
  •  “Waiting Room” Feature: The “Waiting Room” feature allows the meeting host to see who has joined the meeting and to control when each attendee is admitted, or not admitted, to the meeting.
     
  • Restrict Screen Sharing: In your Zoom settings on the “In Meeting (Basic)” tab, you can limit screen sharing to only the host or allow it for all participants.  It may be wise to restrict screen sharing to only the meeting host to enhance security. A video demonstration of screen sharing can be found here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362153-Sharing-your-screen
  • Meeting Lock: Finally, you may want to “lock” your meeting after everyone who was invited has joined the meeting. You can access this feature by going to “manage participants, more” and lock the meeting. This will prevent anyone else from joining the meeting once it begins.

Additional information, demos, and tips can be found in the Zoom Help Center: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact NYSCADV. We’d be happy to help!