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November 03, 2022 @ 12:00am

four people on a video call

Video calls are abundant with opportunities to compromise your private information. Follow these tips to help form safe video call practices to protect yourself from slip ups or malicious acts from others.

Tip #1

Avoid sharing private information by:

  • Not typing it into the call chat
  • Being aware of your surroundings
  • Closing unnecessary software in case you
    screen share.

Many video call applications have a chat. You should always avoid typing any personally identifiable information into the chat for the meeting. The group chats are typically accessible to everyone and often saved with the recording.

Tip #2

If you are hosting, make sure to use best practices when setting up the call. use security settings such as meeting passwords or waiting rooms.

  • Use unique ID numbers for each video call - if that's an option
  • Use different passwords for every meeting
  • Avoid sharing the meeting information online
  • Familiarize yourself with your platforms advanced security features, such as locking the meeting once it has begun, enabling a waiting room before someone can join, or requiring participants to register for the meeting in advance

Tip #3

Assume the call is recorded, even if it doesn't appear to be recorded.

Tip #4

Keep your video call software up to date for the latest security settings and security fixes.

Most video call software companies are constantly updating their software for many reasons, one being the security of the users.

Get the Cyber Safety Tip Card on Video Call Safety.


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