Take Control of Zoom

October 31, 2020
Take Control of Zoom

Take your videoconferencing skills from zero toZoom!Work, school, and even socializing increasingly take placeremotely, and Zoom has quickly become one of the most popular toolsfor videoconferencing—one-on-one or with a group. Take Control ofZoom explains how to use the Zoom service from start to finish. Itoffers detailed instructions, warnings, and tips from installingand configuring the Zoom software, through setup and participation,and how to host meetings.Many of us rarely touched a video chat or videoconferencing tooluntil the pandemic hit. Now, we videoconference daily (or moreoften) for work meetings, to talk to clients, to stay in touch withfriends and family, and for school—we’ve gone from zero toZoom!Zoom is the most widely used videoconferencing system in theworld due to its generous feature set for free users and the easeof joining video chats by people without prior experience. But youcan learn to master some of its subtle, hard-to-find, or confusingfeatures and increase your efficiency and enjoyment as aparticipant and as a host. Take Control of Zoom takes the pain outof learning how to best use this powerful tool. The book covers abroad range of topics, from which Zoom app to use and how toconfigure your account and app even before your first meeting, tohow to work among Zoom views and chat in a meeting, to creating andmanaging your own meetings.But what about privacy and security? Zoom’s skyrocketing userevealed how insecure some of its software design choices were andhow sloppy the company had been as it added options. Since March2020, Zoom has rolled out hundreds of fixes and dozens of changes,all well documented in the book. Take Control of Zoom doesn’t shirkdiscussing past flaws and Zoom’s ongoing plans, and offers insightinto which purposes you can safely use the system for and how tore-establish trust in what they offer.Here’s what you will find in Take Control of Zoom:Learn how to install and configure Zoom.Decide if a web app meets your needs or it’s something torecommend to other meeting participants.Configure your physical setup and your hardware for bestresults on video.Don’t forget that even if you don’t see a stream of yourself,you’re on camera for other people.Upgrade your audio for better comfort and quality.Understand Zoom’s past missteps with security and what itpromises now.Master participating in a meeting, including the variousmethods of “speaking up.”Get to know Zoom’s many mobile and desktop views for seeingother people and shared screens.Become a host and start meetings with one other person or1,000.Dig into Zoom’s meeting controls to create safe meetings andmanage public ones, keeping participants safe and blocking orremoving problematic members.Find out how to preserve your privacy when sharing apps,presentations, or other parts of your screen.Record a meeting for later playback, presentation, or apodcast.Decide whether upgrading to a paid Zoom tier offers enoughimprovement and features for meetings you host.