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Use Zoom Safely

There is a lot of information about safety and privacy issues with zoom.  At this point, we are continuing to use zoom with some safeguards.  Of course, it is your choice whether you want to use zoom yourself to attend our programs.

What we can do together:

We will send zoom connection information in an email only to people who sign up for the program on our website. 

Our meetings will all include passwords.

Don't click on any links inside of Zoom.

Use a PC rather than a Mac if you have that option.

Cover your camera if you wish more privacy.

Sign into zoom with an email address from a major public email provider.

Here is the small print:

1.  Zoom-bombing.  This is when someone joins a zoom meeting and says things that are offensive in the meeting.  We are not putting our zoom connection information on the internet and require passwords to attend our meetings.  This makes it less likely that someone will be able to zoom-bomb our programs.  This is why we are asking you to register in advance and sending out the connection information just before the program.

2.  Windows Password vulnerability.  If a participant clicks on a link in a zoom meeting it could make their windows password vulnerable.  The Library will not put links in our zoom meetings and recommends that you don't click on any links while in a zoom meeting.

3.  Zoom does not offer end-to-end encryption.  This means that if you are discussing sensitive information that it may be seen by others.  Our programming does not include any sensitive information, and we advise you to keep sensitive information out of our zoom meetings.  Feel free to turn off your video if you choose, and just enjoy watching us!

4.  MacOS vulnerabilities.  It was reported that when a user installed zoom on a Mac that it obtained more privilege than was appropriate.  "In a new tweet April 2, Seele said Zoom had released a new version of the Zoom client for macOS that "completely removes the questionable 'preinstall'-technique and the faked password prompt.""  If you have a choice to use zoom on a Mac or a PC, it might be prudent to use the PC.

5.  Email address leaks.  Zoom assumes that if you share a domain with other people that you are in the same "company" and so Zoom shares information between people with similar email addresses.  Zoom knows that the major email providers (gmail, yahoo mail etc.) are not connected and does not share information between them.  Sign into zoom with an email address from a major public email provider to avoid this problem.

6.  Zoom may share personal data with advertisers.

See https://www.tomsguide.com/news/zoom-security-privacy-woes for more details.

If you have questions, please email Peggy Thrasher, Systems & Technology Librarian.