I’m sure we have all heard about the zoom privacy issues since it became an essential aspect of our work life.
Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant work from home policy effected by most organizations, the video and teleconferencing app zoom saw its user base increase exponentially.
A blog post by the founder revealed that the number of daily meetings grew from a maximum of 10 million participants in December to 200 million in March. This massive success, however, led to problems for its users with extensive privacy issues.
Zoom’s existing cyber security infrastructure seemingly could not handle the overwhelming number of users, which led to an increasing number of cyberattacks.
Many users reported issues of account hack and zoom-bombings; a situation where cybercriminals hijack and disrupt meetings and school classes. Sometimes, individuals are locked out of their meetings by the criminals.
Although, Zoom has since accepted responsibility, and acknowledged the vulnerabilities, also promising to strengthen security within the system, it is also smart that you take measures to ensure your privacy and safety while using the app.
Here are five quick tips to ensure zoom privacy.
- Perform regular updates
Following the complaints about insecurity, developers of the software have since rolled out updates to strengthen security and ensure privacy. Apparently, outdated apps and software won’t have access to these updates. So the first step is to ensure that you have the most up-to-date version to benefit from the security patches.
- Set a strong password for your account and meetings
Use a password complex enough to prevent guesses and hack but easy enough for you to remember. Also, always set a different password for your meetings; this can be accessed from the settings tab in the app. Make sure that all participants will be required to input the passwords before joining the meeting.
- Use waiting rooms
Using waiting room enables you to screen, and double-check invited participants to a meeting or chat. No one can go into the main meeting room without approval from the host first. This feature can be enabled from the settings tab in the app.
- Never share passwords or meeting links publicly.
Always restrict sharing of invite links or passwords to those invited. Even if you want to host a public event or meeting, restrict posting your conference link on social media or public places.
- Lockdown meetings
Do not forget to apply this security measure once a meeting session has begun. As soon as you confirm the presence of all invitees, access the “manage participants” menu and lock your meeting. This will prevent bombers, hackers and unwanted guests from gaining access to the meeting space.
- Share files using more trusted platforms, e.g. google drive.
- Turn off participants’ screen sharing if not needed
For further reading, you can access Zoom’s security suggestion here.