With the Coronovirus pandemic locking almost every state, city and country in the world, professionals from every sector are working from home to achieve their business objectives. ‘Zoom’ the video conferencing software, has been the leader in powering most businesses in this difficult time. ‘Zoom’ is based in San Jose, California and has been helping schools, entrepreneurs, businesses maintain social distancing and yet avoid business disruptions. ‘Zoom’ is enabling students and business partners to meet each other online from the comfort of their own space and complete their school work or business work by meeting each other online. Teachers are able to teach their students, friends and family members are able to meet and catch up online, employers could connect with their employees and more. The basic version of Zoom is free and it allows a maximum of 100 participants and a time limit of 40 minutes per meeting. However, the large enterprise paid version boasts about hosting 500 participants!
With so much of happiness in a software what could have probably gone wrong? It was the pre-Corona days and things were turning slightly worse for Zoom.
Security researchers learnt that hackers could take over Mac webcams through when using the video conferencing software.
Zoom soon fixed the flaw and sealed it.
Late March: Zoom was accused of leaking unauthorized personal data to Facebook.
However, in a March 27th blog post, Zoom Chief Executive, Eric Yuan stated that they had removed the code in the Zoom iOS app that was sending code to Facebook.
Thousands of personal videos of calls which included children and telehealth consultations were openly found online. Zoom video sessions could be recorded and stored on the local machine or on the Zoom cloud, but some of them found their way online causing much uproar.
In addition, the usage of ‘Zoom’ led to a new type of security assault – ‘Zoombombing’. ‘Zoombombing’ occurs when unauthorized miscreants enter a Zoom meeting and post lewd content. All these security vulnerabilities were addressed and the security updates were put out which quelled many security worries.
However, in the wake of so many security incidents, Google, NASA, German Foreign ministry, Australian Defense Force, the United States Senate have all banned the use of Zoom. In India, the Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord) of Ministry of Home Affairs has stated that Zoom is not safe for use. However, if you do have to use it, here are list of security updates that you can use to keep yourself and others safe online.
The host of a Zoom meeting is empowered with a lot of Zoom functions. As Zoom grows and matures with all of us, here are the latest security updates for hosts as of today:
These are some security features which when followed will give you a more secure experience with Zoom. As the Corona virus pandemic continues, Zoom and other video conferencing applications will be here to stay and it is up to us to use them wisely!