During these days of increased remote work, many in-person meetings and events are going virtual and videoconferencing platforms are becoming more necessary to our daily routines. As Zoom has become more popular, limitations and security issues are being identified within the platform. Under certain circumstances, Zoom can be exploited to steal credentials or launch applications on a target machine, leading to more severe issues. Researchers have found nearly 2,300 login credentials in a criminal online forum.
With a few recommended changes, you can make Zoom a more secure place to conduct business. The below recommendations can help you stay safe while using the platform:
1. Keep the Meeting ID private – Do not publish the link online unless absolutely necessary. Instead, send the link or meeting ID directly to trusted participants.
2. Keep the app up-to-date – Updates often address security and privacy concerns. Recent Zoom releases created defaults to waiting room and password creation for all meetings.
3. Utilize the security toolbar – The latest Zoom update on April 8, 2020 included a new feature – a “Security” icon that will allow hosts and co-hosts to take action quickly against security infractions. The menu includes “un/lock meeting” and “enable/disable waiting room.”
4. Disable participant screen sharing – This way, only the host(s) will be able to share their screens.
5. Use unique login credentials – It is very common for users to reuse login credentials across many platforms. Ensure that the email and password combination you are using for Zoom is not used for any other website or domain.