PONTIAC, MI – Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard is issuing a warning for those who may be using different types of technology software for the purposes of holding meetings, classroom instruction, webinars, and hearings.
“We have been receiving reports, not only within the State of Michigan, but nationwide regarding intruders and hackers taking over virtual meetings and flooding the screen with sexually explicit, racist, or inappropriate imagery and videos,” said Sheriff Bouchard. “It is highly recommended those organizing class instruction, municipal meetings, or any virtual conference call, take the proper precautions and security measures to ensure the safety of these meetings. Bouchard continued, “We are in unprecedented times where the use of these technology systems have been heavily relied upon, but unfortunately, this brings a new host of problems in relation to those who want to be vulgar and inappropriate.”
The Sheriff’s Office recommends setting up security measures prior to these meetings to protect those participating. Each technology platform has reference pages for implementing these safety protocols. It is important to keep links and meeting passwords as secure as possible.
Zoom remains one of the most popular platforms used by both municipalities and schools. Information on their safety recommendations can be found here: https://zoom.us/docs/doc/Zoom-Security-White-Paper.pdf
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