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.

  • 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.