If you are working from home right now, chances are you are relying heavily on at least one video-conferencing app to conduct all your previously in-office meetings. As awkward as video calls can be, they have nonetheless quickly woven themselves into the fabric of our lives, helping us stay in touch with family, friends, and co-workers. The near-instantaneous mass adoption of video-conferencing apps like Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams has, as with any rapid adoption of new technology, attracted the attention of cyberattackers looking for weaknesses to exploit. Zoom has been spotlighted in this regard, partly because of its sudden omnipresence in our lives, receiving heavy criticism over its password policies, “zoom-bombing,” and questionable routing of its servers. It has since explained and fixed its security issues, and has at least met Mozilla’s minimum security standards. And amid the flurry of news coverage, Zoom’s issues have also stirred discussion surrounding the security of video-call apps. [Get the latest privacy and security tips—subscribe to the ExpressVPN Blog Newsletter] Regardless of which app you’re using to take calls, there are a few things you should remain vigilant about when using a video-conferencing app, right from its installation all the way to joining a room. For more app-specific configurations, check the app’s support site for further information. What is video conferencing? Video conferencing is an audiovisual conversation between at least two people using a compatible device, like a phone or a laptop. The basic features of a video-conferencing app allow audio and video calling, but most apps these days also support file and image sharing, as well as screen sharing.