How to set up a Zoom call

Millions of people have adopted video conferencing apps as a way of staying in touch during the current coronavirus lockdown.

One of the most popular is Zoom because of its ubiquity across different platforms and general reliability and ease of use.

Setting up a Zoom account is free, although there are caveats if you’re not going to pay for a premium account. Meetings of over two people can only run for 40 minutes before the video call needs to be refreshed.

How to sign up for Zoom

All you need to sign up for Zoom is a valid email address. Download the mobile or desktop app, agree to the privacy policy and the terms and conditions and you’re good to go.

Like other video conferencing software, Zoom provides 256-bit encryption on any transmission which means you can be confident your meeting – and any documents shared within it – stays safe.

Thankfully, setting up and making a Zoom call couldn’t be easier. If you’re planning to start the meeting, you’ll be the dedicated host of the call and the one with a few extra privileges.

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How to set up a Zoom call

Firstly, load up the Zoom website and app and make sure you’re logged in. Click on the ‘New Meeting’ option and then the ‘Start With Video’ button.

Zooom will generate a link that you can share with other people to invite them into the meeting.

If you’re a recipient, all you have to do is click on the link to be taken directly into the meeting – providing you’re set up with your own Zoom account.

You can choose to join a call with either audio only or video, using the webcam on your laptop or phone.

What is Zoombombing?

Zoombombing is the name that has sprung up to mean when trolls interrupt a Zoom meeting and attempt to ruin it.

It happened recently on a public Zoom call hosted by tech reporter Casey Newton. Newton was hosting his popular daily show WFH Happy Hour where anyone could join with the public ID and before long many of the attendees were being shown horrific videos as a troll entered the call and started sharing porn. Attempting to block attacks by kicking the troll off these calls doesn’t help because they can simply re-enter the ID and join in as a different name.

The problem comes from Zoom’s default setting that the host of a meeting can’t control screen sharing. In order to restrict this, the host has to go to their admin settings and disable the option before starting the meeting.

The company goes on to share a list of ways to effectively lock down your Zoom meetings and stop Zoombombing from happening.

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