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Important Notice: Starting July 19th, 2020, all meetings must have either a Waiting Room or Passcode enabled. Posted July 01, 2020
Video Conferencing Safely and Securely Posted May 06, 2020
ITS Zoom Updated Recommendations / Zoom Security Updates Posted April 23, 2020
Zoom Scheduling Recommendation Posted April 20, 2020
Zoom Meetings Security Change – Coming April 5th Posted April 04, 2020
Recent update to Zoom Security Posted April 02, 2020
ITS Update: Zoom Waiting Rooms Posted April 01, 2020
Waiting Rooms: IMPORTANT Security update from Zoom Posted March 31, 2020
Securing your Zoom meeting Posted March 27, 2020
Resources for teaching with Zoom Posted March 25, 2020
Getting Started with Zoom Posted March 24, 2020

 


Important Notice: Starting July 19th, 2020, all meetings must have either a Waiting Room or Passcode enabled.

JULY 01, 2020 BY UH Zoom Support

Aloha University of Hawaii Zoom Users,

In mid-July Zoom will require that all meetings have a Passcode or a Waiting Room enabled. In earlier blog posts, March 31, 2020 and April 4, 2020, ITS had announced these features were being enabled. At that time these were recommendations and not mandatory to have implemented on your account. However, beginning July 19, 2020, all meetings will require either a passcode and/or a waiting room.

You may have noticed a terminology change, Zoom will now make the distinction of “Passcodes” as being unique to your meetings and no longer refer to them as “Passwords”. Passcodes are meant to be shared with your invited meeting participants along with the meeting ID for access. “Passwords” will refer to your Zoom account login credentials. Best practice security guidelines recommend users to never share passwords.

As Zoom is changing their terminology ITS will be following Zoom’s direction and refer to Passcodes for meeting connection information.

If your meeting(s) already have a passcode and/or a waiting room attached then there are no changes for you to make. If you have meetings that do not currently have a passcode attached, please make sure to send updated connection information to your meeting participants. Please note, your Personal Meeting ID (PMI) is also included in this change.

For more information please go to: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360045009111

Important Notice: Starting July 19th, 2020, all meetings must have either a Waiting Room or Passcode enabled. Click here for more information. — Announcement released by Zoom

 


Video Conferencing Safely and Securely

MAY 06, 2020 BY UH Zoom Support

Whether it’s teaching a class, attending a lecture, meeting about a project, or just checking in with your boss or coworkers, Zoom has become a part of everyday life for many of us within the UH community.  ITS recognizes that Zoom may not be the only video conferencing app you use.  We understand you might not be a Zoom user at all.

We want you to be aware that vulnerabilities exist across all video conferencing platforms and that users of any of these platforms need to be vigilant and video conference safely and securely.  We urge you to stay informed about any vulnerabilities in the video conferencing software(s) you use, take the necessary steps to secure your account(s) and meetings, and keep your conferencing software(s) up-to-date.

Below are a few articles comparing the various video conferencing platforms/services.

Additional resources

ITS is here to help with questions or concerns.  And while ITS supports Zoom (and to an extent Google Meet) as UH’s video conferencing platform, we want you to be safe and secure when it comes to using video conferencing apps and services.  Regardless if you are connecting via Zoom or another video conferencing app always try to keep in mind best practices for cybersecurity.

If you have questions or concerns about UH Zoom accounts, please email uh-zoom-support@lists.hawaii.edu

For security and privacy concerns, email the ITS Information Security Team: infosec@hawaii.edu

 


ITS Zoom Updated Recommendations / Zoom Security Updates

APRIL 20, 2020 BY UH Zoom Support

Aloha University of Hawaii Zoom Users,

We are back again to provide the UH Zoom community with updated ITS Zoom recommendations and highlight a few key Zoom security updates.

Updated ITS Zoom Recommendations

  • ITS has released a document (ITS Recommended Zoom Settings) to provide UH users with guidance and best practices for using Zoom.
  • A blog entry has been posted providing guidance on Zooms various scheduling methods (ITS Zoom Scheduling Recommendation).
  • UH faculty may visit UHOIC’s continuously updated Zoom tips document for teaching online.
  • Friday, April 17, 2020 Jodi Ito, UH Chief Information Security Officer, and Sandra Furuto, UH Director of Data Governance & Operations, along with ITS staff hosted the Spring 2020 Security & Privacy Issues for Online & Remote Work Webinar. An astounding 700 plus faculty and staff members attended the webinar which covered Zoom security and privacy topics (such as FERPA) as it relates to UH online learning & working from home. A recording of the webinar and presentation slide deck of the webinar is available at the UH Data Governance site (UH login required). A Q&A document from the webinar will be available soon.

AES 256-bit GCM encryption
Zoom is upgrading to the AES 256-bit GCM encryption standard, which offers increased protection of your meeting data in transit and resistance against tampering. This provides confidentiality and integrity assurances on your Zoom Meeting, Zoom Video Webinar, and Zoom Phone data. Zoom 5.0, which is slated for release within the week, supports GCM encryption, and this standard will take effect once all accounts are enabled with GCM. System-wide account enablement will take place on May 30.

Security icon
Zoom’s security features, which had previously been accessed throughout the meeting menus, are now grouped together and found by clicking the Security icon in the meeting menu bar at the bottom of the window of the host’s interface. This allows easy access to security options by the host during the meeting.

Enhanced privacy design on user profile page
When accessing accounts via the Zoom web portal, personal information, such as email address, personal meeting ID and phone number, will be partially masked with asterisks (*). Full details will only be shown when the user explicitly clicks on the “show” option.

Setting to allow host to report participants to Zoom
Beginning April 27, 2020, ITS will implement the ability for meeting hosts to report participants to Zoom. This feature will generate a report which will be sent to the Zoom Trust and Safety team to evaluate any misuse of the platform and block a user if necessary. Users will need to update to the latest version of the Zoom client 4.6.12, which will be released on April 26, 2020.

Setting to show participants’ profile pictures
Beginning April 27, 2020, ITS will implement the ability for meeting hosts to enable or disable the ability to show participants’ profile pictures during a meeting. If this setting is disabled on the host’s account, no profile pictures will be shown during the meeting. Users will also not be able to upload a profile picture in the meeting. Users will need to update to the latest version of the Zoom client 4.6.12, which will be released on April 26, 2020.

If you have any questions related to online learning we encourage you to reach out to your local campus Instructional Designers or the UH Online Innovation Center (uhoic@hawaii.edu).

If you have any general Zoom related questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to us at uh-zoom-support@lists.hawaii.edu.

 


Zoom Scheduling Recommendation

APRIL 20, 2020 BY UH Zoom Support

Aloha University of Hawaii Zoom Users,

From Zoom’s web portal to 3rd party integrations; Zoom offers a plethora of choices for scheduling meetings. However, to ensure best security practices ITS recommends using the Zoom web portal to schedule meetings/classes. While the browser plugins, Zoom app, and 3rd party integrations may be easier and convenient for scheduling, ITS has found they do not provide the same level of feature access that the Zoom web portal does. For example, registration management can only be handled through the Zoom web portal. Below are some examples of the parity differences between the Google Calendar plugin, Zoom app and the Zoom web portal.

Zoom Scheduler Plug-In For Google Chrome Browser.

Zoom Scheduler Plug-In For Firefox Mozilla Browser.

Zoom Scheduler Using Zoom App.

Zoom Scheduler Through Zoom Portal.

ITS strongly recommends using the scheduler through the Zoom portal to access all of Zoom’s security features. Changing the security settings using the scheduler through the app or plug-in only applies to the meeting being scheduled. Changing the settings using the Zoom portal changes your default security settings for all future meetings.

 


Zoom Meetings Security Change – Coming April 5th

APRIL 04, 2020 BY UH Zoom Support

Aloha University of Hawaii Zoom Users,

On April 3, 2020 Zoom released an email notifying users of an important security change occurring on Sunday, April 5, 2020. Starting April 5, Zoom will be enabling meeting passwords for ALL meetings. Previously scheduled meetings will have passwords automatically added to them (including your Personal Meeting Room/ID). Zoom recommends resending your meeting invitation to all participants. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Instructions on resending your meeting invitation and an overview of this change can be found on Zoom’s website at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360041408732-April-2020-Setting-updates-for-free-accounts-and-single-Pro-users.

For more information on meeting passwords, including locating and altering a meeting password, as well as disabling this feature for your account please visit https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360033559832-Meeting-and-Webinar-Passwords-.

 


Recent update to Zoom security

APRIL 02, 2020 BY UH Zoom Support

Aloha University of Hawaii Zoom Users,

As many of you may know, Zoom has been in the news a lot lately. Unfortunately, it hasn’t all been for the best of reasons, e.g. privacy concerns, security risks, etc. Zoom seems to be listening and addressing these issues as quickly as they are able. However, there are some issues that require your attention and possible action. This post will cover some of the latest concerns regarding Zoom as well as best practices for the UH Community.

Zoom Software Update
On April 2, 2020, Zoom released a software update addressing many of the privacy and security concerns that have been raised. ITS recommends updating your Zoom app to the latest version. If you are not prompted to do so directly from your Zoom app you may navigate to Zoom’s Download page located at: https://zoom.us/download.

Latest Zoom versions (as of 04/02/2020):

  • 4.6.9 (19253.0401) (Windows)
  • 4.6.9 (19273.0402) (macOS)
  • 4.6.9 (19213.0327) (iOS)
  • 4.6.8 (19194.0323) (Android)
  • 3.5.374815.0324 (Linux)

Fake Zoom Domains and Meeting Invitations
Recently there have been reports that fake Zoom domains are being created for malicious purposes. These fake domains vary from phishing websites for stealing users personal information, to even tricking users to download malware leaving a victim’s computer open to further attacks. With many schools moving to online learning even Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams are being subjected to these attacks.

There have also been reports of users getting pseudo meeting invitations. These meeting invitations can be used for phishing users’ personal information or to potentially download malicious software.

ITS recommends double checking and ensuring you are clicking on a legitimate URL. Some tips to follow are to make sure the URL is from a trusted source, there are no extra characters, and/or no additional extensions, for example “.exe”. For more information on best practices please visit https://www.hawaii.edu/infosec/

If you are unsure a meeting invitation is valid, you can always check with the person who scheduled the meeting. Do not reply to the invitation that was sent to you, instead, create a new message to the meeting coordinator or give them a call. You can also join a meeting by navigating to https://hawaii.zoom.us and clicking on “Join a class or meeting” or by logging into your Zoom account and clicking “Join a meeting” at the top. Connecting in via these routes will require entering the Meeting ID. Meeting IDs are 9 to 11 digit numbers and are listed within meeting invitations.

When downloading or installing software if you are unsure of the source it is recommended to go to the website directly. By going directly to the source it will ensure you are getting the product you want and not a spoof/malicious software.

“Zoombombing”
While it has been widely reported on, ITS has thankfully had no reported incidents of “Zoombombing”. At the platform level Zoom has enacted feature and settings changes to combat abuse and harassment. Recent changes include enabling Waiting Rooms as a default setting, and restricting content sharing to meeting hosts. These changes may directly impact the use of Zoom for virtual teaching. If you are an UH Faculty member and have questions or concerns about how any of these recent Zoom changes could impact your course(s) please reach out to the UH Online Innovation Center (UHOIC) team: https://www.uhonline.hawaii.edu/id/.

For more information ITS’s UHOIC recommends the following read: Holding Class on Zoom? Beware of These Hacks, Hijinks and Hazards

We appreciate your patience and understanding and want to say thank you to those that have shared their thoughts and concerns. If there are any issues that you feel have not been addressed, please feel free to reach out to us.

Resources and more reading:
Zoom’s Blog post: A Message to Our Users
Check Point Blog post: COVID-19 Impact: Cyber Criminals Target Zoom Domains

Mahalo and keep ZOOMing

 


ITS Update: Zoom Waiting Rooms

APRIL 01, 2020 BY UH Zoom Support

Aloha University of Hawaii Zoom Users,

Zoom moved up the Waiting Rooms implementation date from April 2, to March 31. We understand the frustration and confusion this has caused our community of UH Zoom users. We appreciate your patience and understanding and want to say thank you to those that have shared their thoughts and concerns. While we understand Zoom made the change as a security measure, we have again reached out to Zoom to voice our concerns.

After reviewing and testing ITS has found Zoom’s change to enable Waiting Rooms does not affect meetings scheduled prior to March 31. Users’ personal meeting rooms and meetings scheduled after March 31 will have a Waiting Room. Zoom does provide users the ability to disable Waiting Rooms entirely or on a meeting by meeting basis when scheduling.

Below are screenshots of what the meeting Host and meet participants will see.

Meeting Host (with Waiting Room enabled):

Meeting Participant (with Waiting Room enabled):

For more information on Zoom Waiting Rooms, including enabling/disabling the feature for your account or per meeting, as well as customizing your Waiting Room please visit Zoom Support: Waiting Room Settings

Mahalo and keep ZOOMing

 


Waiting Rooms: IMPORTANT Security update from Zoom

MARCH 31, 2020 BY UH Zoom Support

Aloha University of Hawaii Zoom Users,

An important feature change has been announced by Zoom which is related to meeting security. Between March 31 and April 2 Zoom will be enabling the Waiting Room feature for ALL users.

The Waiting Room feature allows the host to control when a participant (student) joins the meeting. As the meeting host, you can admit attendees one by one or hold all attendees in the waiting room and admit them all at once. This means all attendees will NOT automatically connect into your class/meeting.

After receiving feedback from the educational community, Zoom has decided to give users more control over their Zoom virtual meeting room. Zoom has decided to enable the Waiting Room feature for ALL users by default.

As Zoom is enabling the Waiting Room feature as a security measure ITS is following Zoom’s direction. Should you as a user want to disable the Waiting Room feature please follow the instructions posted here, https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115000332726-Waiting-Room

Announced by Zoom, March 31 via Zoom’s blog.
Waiting Room on by default: Starting April 2, the Waiting Room feature will be automatically turned on by default. This security feature is one of the best ways to control who’s entering your Zoom virtual classroom by giving you the option to admit participants individually or all at once. Visit our support page for more information on adjusting your Waiting Room settings, or check out our blog on best practices for securing your virtual classroom.

Mahalo and keep ZOOMing

 


Securing your Zoom meeting

MARCH 27, 2020 BY UH Zoom Support

Important Notice from Zoom:
The privacy and security of our customers is our top priority. Based on feedback from our Education community, as of yesterday, March 26th the screen sharing settings within your account have automatically defaulted to “Only Host.” Click here to learn how to turn on participant sharing.

Mahalo to Mike Satake and Alan Whinery for information regarding securing your Zoom meetings.

Zoom meetings are vulnerable to “Zoombombing“, where an uninvited participant disrupts the meeting.  The default room settings allow anyone with the Zoom Meeting’s URL or Meeting ID to join the room. 

Hosts (i.e. those who schedule/run the meeting) should review Zoom’s recommendations on securing your meeting: How to Keep the Party Crashers from Crashing Your Zoom Event.

Important highlights

  • Avoid making your meeting URL or ID available to the public
  • If you have a customized meeting URL or ID disable “Join before host”
  • Schedule meeting with passwords
  • For confidential meetings (i.e. advising, office hours, job interviews) utilize the “Waiting Room” feature allowing you to selectively admit participants into the meeting
  • Lock meetings once all participants have joined
  • Familiarize yourself with Host controls, so you can act (mute, or remove an unauthorized participant, etc) quickly

For more information regarding Zoom security please visit Zoom Support or
Zoom Security Guide (0.4MB)

Best practices and recommendations from UH Information Security team

 


Resources for teaching with Zoom

MARCH 25, 2020 BY UH Zoom Support

Maybe you’re new to virtual teaching, or just new to Zoom. Or maybe you’re an avid Zoom user looking for additional tips and trick for preparing and teaching virtually.  Well look no further, ITS is here to help!  The team of knowledgeable staff in the UH Online Innovation Center (UHOIC) are available to guide and assist you.  Please visit UH Online Innovation Center for additional UH specific resources and information on contacting the UHOIC team.

 


Getting Started with Zoom

MARCH 24, 2020 BY UH Zoom Support

Great news! University of Hawaii ITS has teamed up with Zoom to provide audio and video conferencing services to the UH community.  On this page we’ll be periodically posting tips, tricks, tutorials, and frequently asked questions pertaining to Zoom and Zoom services.  

Our first post will help you get started with Zoom.  These short Zoom tutorial videos will help you start using Zoom like a pro in no time.

These short and simple how-to videos are easily accessible via YouTube and will help:

  • New users get basic Zoom questions answered quickly
  • Seasoned users hone their skills and learn new features

Zoom Meetings Training Reference Guide.pdf (1 MB)

Feel free to share this post directly with your teams who might need quick, to-the-point resources to get communicating and collaborating.

Happy Zooming!


Zoom 101 Sign Up & Download Meeting Client

Please visit http://www.hawaii.edu/sitelic/zoom/ to request an UH-ITS Zoom account.

Joining a Meeting

Scheduling a Meeting

Recording a Zoom Meeting

Meeting Controls

Sharing Your Screen

Joining & Configuring Audio & Video

Zoom Video Breakout Rooms

Scheduling a Meeting in Outlook (Office 365 & Office 2016)

Scheduling via Gmail (Chrome)


Additional resources

Check back in on this page or on  Zoom’s YouTube page to view additional how-to videos as they get created, and the Zoom Support page also has a TON of other great articles, screenshots, and tutorials to help you use the platform.