Innocent Lives Foundation To Host Free Webinars on Zoom Safety in Response to Recent ‘Zoom Bombing’ Attacks

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The national online safety group will be offering a series of free webinars to parents and educators on how to avoid falling victim to ‘Zoom Bombing’ and how to keep kids safe during the shift to online learning.

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"The good news is, these attacks are easily preventable by following basic security best practices, and that is what we plan to share with parents and the education community."

In response to the growing number of schools and universities that have recently fallen victim to “Zoom bombing” attacks, the national online safety nonprofit Innocent Lives Foundation is providing free webinars for educators and parents on how to use Zoom safely and securely when conducting remote meetings, classes and lectures.

These free one-hour webinars will run throughout the months of April and May for any educators or parents who would like to learn how to use Zoom more safely and effectively.

Zoom bombing is of particular concern for video conferences that involve underage kids, as in many instances the attackers have displayed pornographic or other graphic and offensive imagery, in addition to making racist and hateful remarks. The FBI recently issued a warning about the threat of Zoom bombing, as these attacks have surged in recent weeks.

“These attacks are frustrating and can be quite terrifying for those who fall victim, especially when children are involved,” said Chris Hadnagy, founder of Innocent Lives Foundation and CEO of Social-Engineer, a prominent cybersecurity consulting firm for corporations and government agencies. “But the good news is, these attacks are easily preventable by following basic security best practices, and that is what we plan to share with parents and the education community. The key is to understand how this online tool works, how attackers can abuse it and what are the proper steps to take in order to secure your Zoom meeting so that it cannot be hijacked or abused. Criminals and pranksters are having a field day with Zoom calls right now, so this advice is very important to learn and follow.”

Innocent Lives Foundation’s free one-hour webinars will include a 30-minute overview of how to use Zoom, safety and security issues to be aware of, and simple ways to secure a Zoom meeting, followed by a 30-minute Q&A where participants can ask any questions they may have.

The first three Zoom webinars will be held on the following dates:

  •     April 8 at 1pm EST
  •     April 16 at 2pm EST
  •     April 24 at 3pm EST

To sign up for the free Zoom webinar, go to http://www.innocentlivesfoundation.org.

About Innocent Lives Foundation:

Innocent Lives Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit led by cybersecurity professionals, with the sole purpose of protecting children online. Using innovative online investigative techniques, ILF’s team helps law enforcement by providing them with critical evidence to identify, arrest and prosecute online predators who target children. ILF was founded by Chris Hadnagy, a nationally prominent security consultant and published author who advises numerous Fortune 500s and government agencies on the threats posed by social engineering attacks. Hadnagy has also advised White House aides, the Pentagon and four-star generals, and has lectured at the FBI. For more information, visit http://www.innocentlivesfoundation.org.

Media Contact for ILF:
Janet Shoup
Firm Nineteen, LLC
828-424-0983
janet@firm-19.com

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