ZOOM: IS IT SECURE, CAN IT BE HACKED, AND HOW DO YOU USE IT SAFELY?


Video conferencing app Zoom has been the talk of the town since an unprecedented lockdown took over the lives of people. Employees, Hospitals, schools and even governments make use of its free service to host virtual meetings.

Similar software to Zoom

Like Zoom there are other online communication platforms such as Zoom, they are-

Cisco WebEx, Slack, Microsoft Teams and Teams for Education, Google meet etc are being used for remote meetings and webinars,”

 Is Zoom secure?

Zoom CEO Eric Yuan along with others addressed the changes brought about so far to strengthen Zoom’s security.

Zoom’s website and security white paper state that security is “the highest priority in the operations of its suite of products and services”. It boasts “Firewall compatibility”, “role-based user security” and “end-to-end chat encryption”.

Even though there was a surge in the usage of Zoom in March, there were also questions raised for its flawed security policies. Many controversies now exist around Zoom’s security and privacy

How to use ZOOM safely and GROW your business online

While there will always be risks with any online app, there are ways to ensure the maximum level of security by adjusting the platform’s settings.

There are no guarantees against determined trolls, there are a few ways to protect your risks and improve your overall privacy levels when using Zoom. Here is where you can start.

It is completely SAFE when you follow these 10 tips: –

  1. Always set a password for each weekly meeting
  2. Choose only signed-in *registered users* into weekly meeting
  3. Do NOT allow others to join before the HOST
  4. LOCK down your Meeting once everyone has joined
  5. Disable participants screen sharing option
  6. Always use a randomly generated Meeting ID* for each week meeting
  7. Use Waiting Rooms which will allow you to screen users before entry into the meeting
  8. Disable FILE sharing in the CHAT box
  9. Remove Nuisance Attendees
  10. Always UPDATE the Zoom software and use the latest updated version.

To conclude, I certainly would not recommend using any free app for sensitive or private meetings and urged to make meetings or classrooms private and password-protected whenever required.

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