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How to increase your privacy and security in Zoom

Zoom has faced several privacy and security concerns as more people turn to it for a way to communicate. Businesses, including SpaceX, have begun telling employees to stop using the service, while others, including consumers, have started opting for alternatives. But what if you still need to use Zoom? We’ll teach you how to increase your privacy and security on what is quickly becoming one of the web’s most popular video conferencing services.

Update your Zoom software


Zoom has begun to handle a large number of its security flaws, already jumping to enable passwords for conference entry with digital waiting zooms, and stopping its mobile iOS app from sending data to Facebook in the background. Most of these changes take place in the cloud, but some require you to update your software. To update the Zoom client, follow these instructions:

Mac or PC

Open the Zoom desktop app.
Click on your profile in the upper right corner.
Select the Check for Updates option.
Click Done once finished.

iOS (iPad and iPhone)

Open the App Store.
Search for the Zoom app.
If an update is available, the button will say Update.
Tap the Update button if available to begin.

Update meeting settings

Zoom is working on updating privacy bugs and issues such as zoombombing, when an invited individual drops into an unlocked meeting and broadcasts violent or pornographic content. We recommend ensuring the following settings are altered to protect your session against these types of attacks. Please note that as Zoom is quickly rolling out updates, some of the defaults below may change, but double-checking them can never hurt.

  • Ensure that your room has a password required for joining.
  • Disable the Join Before Host setting to avoid lurkers waiting to cause issues.
  • Disable the File Transfer option to prevent the spread of unwanted material.
  • Disable the Allow Removed Participants to Rejoin option so that any unwanted visitors can’t access the video call once removed.

To update any of the settings noted above, the host can make changes by opening the desktop client’s Settings menu, obtained by clicking on your profile photo. While in a meeting, some privacy settings can be adjusted via the Share Screen button, but most control is offered in the main Settings menu.

Switching away from Zoom


The best way to keep yourself protected from Zoom? Don’t use it. If you can make the change, opt for other meeting solutions such as Skype or Google Hangouts. If your entire team or family uses Apple products, you can also opt for FaceTime — a solution that is fully end-to-end encrypted. Mobile users can also consider Duo, a solution that works on both Android and iOS devices. For a full list of options, be sure to check out our guide on the best video-conferencing software and find what works best for you.


The Zebra makes it easy to find a better, more affordable car insurance plan

If you were to make a list of things that you hate to think about, shopping for car insurance would likely be near the top. Regardless of whether you’re a new car owner or you own a fleet of vehicles ranging from tiny compacts to giant SUVs, trying to find a car insurance plan that’s both comprehensive and affordable is a notoriously hellish process. The fact that there’s a seemingly endless list of policies to choose from doesn’t help either.Shopping for the perfect car insurance plan can become especially painful if you’ve recently moved to a new state, where unfamiliar laws and tax structures make it impossible to know whether or not you’re getting a good deal.But if you’re in the market for a new car insurance plan, don’t fret just yet. The Zebra eliminates the headaches that come from searching for a new policy, and depending on your plan and location, you could save up to $670 per year.Unlike most car insurance sites that feature overhyped plans from sponsored car insurance companies, The Zebra allows you to shop for a plan that matches your policy needs and budget. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about your private information being sold to third parties.Featuring a wide variety of popular plans from major insurance companies ranging from Nationwide and 21st Century to Allstate, Esurance, MetLife and beyond, The Zebra offers an unbiased platform from which you can choose your perfect plan, and you’ll be able to compare hundreds of policies all in a single location.While not everyone who uses The Zebra locks in a lower rate, those who do save an average of $368 per year, There’s no elaborate signup process, so what’s the harm in looking at your options and making an informed decision.Time Magazine called The Zebra the “best bet to compare car insurance rates across companies,” and for good reason. After all, Americans overpay for car insurance by an estimated $21 billion per year. Ensure you’re not part of this sad statistic by using The Zebra to compare rates and at least seeing if there’s a better plan for you and your family. All you have to do to get started is enter your ZIP code.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

The best Android phones available at Cricket Wireless (November 2020)

AT&T is the largest wireless network in the US, serving nearly 160 million subscribers. And with it comes a large selection of phones. But what about its prepaid brand, Cricket Wireless? What options does it have when it comes to Android handsets?To be sure, it doesn’t have the same variety of handsets, and a large percentage of them are older or refurbished phones.Nevertheless, we’ve gathered up a handful of the best phones you can purchase at Cricket Wireless today. Because truth be told, there are still some incredible bargains to be had there.Although we do select one as the best overall (Editors’ Choice), the list below aims to address a variety of user types.As always, we suggest buying an unlocked phone or a used tier-one AT&T phone for use with AT&T Prepaid. The options are plentiful in both directions and you’ll likely get something more powerful.Samsung Galaxy S10The Samsung Galaxy S10 may soon have its flagship successor, but that doesn’t matter much here. In fact, it’s often these year-old models that represent a better buy for a larger segment of consumers.For the money you’ll get a 6.1-inch Quad-HD display with an in-display fingerprint reader. In terms of cameras, there’s a threesome on the back: 12-megapixel dual-pixel, 16-megapixel ultra-wide, and 12-megapixel zoom. Around front? A 10-megapixel camera that can record 4K video.Powering things are an octa-core processor, 8GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage. Need more room for media? Toss in a microSD card and add up to 512GB more space.When it launched in 2019 it was more phone than anyone really needed. One year removed, there’s still nothing out there that demands anything near these specs.Samsung Galaxy S10Samsung Galaxy A10eThe Galaxy S series gets all of the fanfare, but the Galaxy A line is equally sufficient a lot of people. Indeed, these lower cost options give buyers the great, familiar Samsung design but with just the right amount of features.For a fraction of the price of a flagship experience customers can purchase Samsung Galaxy A10e, a phone that’s perfect for first-time and prepaid users.Standout features include a 5.83-inch HD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing sensor. An octa-core processor is paired with Android 9.0, and there’s plenty of storage room available internally and via microSD expansion cards. The 3,000mAh battery should get typical users through more than a full day, and the USB Type-C port means lightning fast charging.Samsung Galaxy A10eLG Stylo 5Big, practical, and affordable, the Stylo 5 provides users with a large (6.2-inch) screen with stylus support. It’s perfect for scribbling notes, marking up documents, editing, and more.Running Android 9 Pie, the phone is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. A microSD expansion card slot blows the door wide open for up to 2TB external media.Wrapping things up, the LG handset has a 13-megapixel rear camera, front-facing 5-megapixel selfie camera, and a 3,500mAh battery with USB Type-C charging.LG Stylo 5Nokia 3.1 PlusYounger users might not even know that there used to be a Nokia from the days before Android. Nevertheless, we love the stuff that the brand puts out today and find it to be some of the more interesting value propositions.Don’t let that price fool you; it’s all the phone that most prepaid users might need as 2020 gets underway. Included are a large (5.99-inch) screen and a 3,500mAh battery that lasts well beyond a day. We’re also really fond of the Android 9 Pie software build and USB Type-C charging.When you’re buying multiple phones for a family you don’t want to spend any more than necessary. The Nokia phone is an excellent option for first time users and parents alike.Nokia 3.1 PlusMotorola Moto G7 SupraWe absolutely adore what Motorola does with its Android phones, particularly along the lower end of the price spectrum. Its handsets run a bare bones Android experience that leaves things pretty much the way Google intended. In other words, clean, intuitive, and user friendly.Here, you get a massive (6.2-inch) HD screen, a modern build of Android, and respectable smattering of mid-range hardware. Key details include an octa-core processor, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot for external media.Other things we appreciate? A water resistant coating, USB Type-C charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The best part of all? There’s a 5,000mAh battery that’s good enough to get typical users through two days of usage.Motorola Moto G7 Supra

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