During these unprecedented times, Companies in Kenya are turning to video conferencing to comply with social distancing to support ordinary business operations and comply with day-to-day activities.  Unfortunately, with this shift, there have been concerns over privacy and security whereby cybercriminals hijack the conference or use tactics to discover passwords to meetings.

The following security tips should be considered when setting up your video conferencing call:

  1. Upgrade from the consumer-grade software to the professional/enterprise use versions, as they typically have more options and security settings.
  2. Confirm your video conferencing software is up-to-date with the latest official version to ensure the most recent security upgrades.
  3. Review the default security settings and update as needed.
  4. Use the waiting room feature and admit only participants who you know.
  5. Require a password to help keep uninvited guests from joining your meeting, use best practices when selecting passwords.
  6. Confirm meeting links are from known and trusted senders: be cautious of phishing attempts.
  7. Verify the identity of meeting attendees before admitting them to the video conference.
  8. Educate employees on hosting meetings and establish security policies and protocols.