Guard Well Appoints New Chief Technology Officer and VP of Operations

Guard Well Appoints New Chief Technology Officer and VP of Operations

Bradley Amster

CINCINNATI, OH – September 1, 2022 Guard Well Identity Theft Solutions today announced the appointment of Bradley Amster, Owner of Data Design Systems, as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Operations.

Amster holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing/Management from the University of Cincinnati. Since 2011, Amster has provided web design and in-depth IT knowledge and solutions for the Cincinnati-based company. Guard Well’s Founder and President remarked, “We are pleased to appoint Brad as a new director. He’s been a large part of our eleven year growth and we are very happy to bring him in house. We are confident that he will continue to provide valuable perspectives as we grow into larger markets and develop new technologies.”

For over a decade, Guard Well has provided award-winning identity theft protection support and complete resolution services after having built a strong partnership with industry powerhouse Experian. Distributed largely through the employee voluntary benefit space, Guard Well’s mission is to provide affordable, yet effective, multi-layered protection for every American household with 24/7/365 protection. Guard Well’s core belief is full resolution for the Member and their household including unlimited access to best-in-class fraud resolution specialists.

Zoombombing … the New Social Distancing Phenomenon

Zoombombing … the New Social Distancing Phenomenon

Video calls have gone from a novelty to a necessity practically overnight. The term ‘social distancing’ and the app, Zoom, have both become household names as millions of people are being forced to stay home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The desire to stay connected with our loved ones and friends during this difficult time has sparked creative ways to virtually stay social through video birthday parties, happy hours, trivia nights, yoga sessions, and even weddings. CNBC reported this week that “the [Zoom] app has been the top free app for iPhones in the United States since March 18 … daily users spiked to 200 million in March, up from 10 million in December.”

 

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom, a privately-held company headquartered in San Jose, CA, was used mostly for web conferencing webinars. Now it is being used by 90,000 schools across 20 countries. But, there are online security issues with the app and school districts have started to ban Zoom because of them. Why? Because of ‘Zoombombing,’ a phenomenon where uninvited guests (pranksters) join Zoom calls and broadcast porn or shock videos. How? Due to Zoom’s default settings, which don’t require a password to set a meeting and allow any participant to share their screen. Most Zoom meetings have a public link that, if clicked, allow anyone to join.

 

The Verge just reported that “Zoom adjusted their default settings for education accounts last week in an effort to increase security and privacy for meetings.” They also noted, “For everyone else, you’ll need to tweak your Zoom settings to ensure this never happens.” The process isn’t very simple…

 

If you schedule a meeting from the web interface, you won’t see the option to disable screen sharing. Instead:

 – Click on “Settings” in the left-hand menu

– Scroll down to “Screen Sharing” and under “Who Can Share?” click “Host Only”

– Click on “Save”

 

If you forget to change the setting before you start your meeting, there’s a way to modify your settings after it starts:

 – Once your Zoom meeting is running, click the caret to the right of the green “Share Screen” button in the center of the bottom row of icons

– Click “Advanced Sharing Options”

– A dialog box will pop up allowing you to switch screen sharing availability from all participants to the “Only Host”


Yes, these are very confusing times. Stay strong and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help. We are available 24/7/365 for you and your family members at 888.966.GUARD (4827) and memberservices@guardwellid.com.