Recommended Best Practices for Virtual Classroom Participants/Attendees

When participating in virtual meetings/classes or webinars, please keep the following best practices at top of mind:

  • Don’t share links to teleconferences or classrooms via social media posts. - Unwanted intruders may join the meeting which may have a negative impact on your experience.

  • Don’t use video on a call if you don’t need to - Using video is not a requirement for your meetings or classes, turning off your webcam and listening in via audio prevents possible social engineering efforts to learn more about you through background objects. Audio-only also saves network bandwidth on an internet connection, improving the overall audio and visual quality of the meeting. Privately hosted classes may have different requirements on camera usage, please refer to your employer.

  • Use the latest version of the software - Security vulnerabilities are likely to be exploited more often on older software versions. Double-check that you are using the most up-to-date version available.

  • Do not post pictures of your Zoom meetings - If you take a picture of your meeting/classroom, then anyone who sees this picture will be able to see its associated meeting ID. This ID can then be used by hackers/uninvited people to try and gain unauthorized access to the meeting/class by manually joining via the displayed ID

  • Don’t click on unexpected or unfamiliar links in meetings - Just like in email or on the internet, clicking on links may have an undesirable effect on your computer system and can expose your system to hackers/uninvited people.

Default meeting/classroom settings that you can change when you join. 

  •   [Video] – OFF
    You can turn your camera back on when you join.
  •   [Mute microphone upon entry] – ON
    You can turn your mic back on when you need to say something.