Are You Making It Easy For Cybercriminals To Infiltrate Your Zoom Meetings?

Zoom has become an incredibly valuable tool for businesses that are trying to stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Are you sure your Zoom meetings are properly secured against intruders?

As businesses operate from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been a rise in the use of online video meeting platforms. Cybercriminals have started targeting unprotected video meetings, infiltrating them to cause disruptions and eavesdrop on private conversations.

As with any new technology you use, you need to think carefully about the cybersecurity implications – are you doing everything you should to secure the meetings you’re having with coworkers, friends, and family?

What Is Zoom?

Zoom is a video conferencing solution that allows up to 1,000 attendees to get together a single virtual meeting. It has become widely popular over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, both for professional purposes as well as social ones.

Zoom Poses Cybersecurity Problems

  • Zoom-Bombing: Users have been reporting an increased rate of something called “Zoom-bombing”, which occurs when someone intrudes on your meeting to causes disruptions or eavesdrop on your conversation.
  • Stolen Credentials: Cyber risk assessment firm Cyble has discovered more than half a million stolen Zoom credentials being sold on the Dark Web for almost nothing. The stolen info included usernames, passwords, meeting IDs, and host keys.

7 Ways To Boost Zoom’s Cybersecurity

  1. Keep Zoom Up To Date. As Zoom’s team continues to improve its security and develop new defenses against cybercriminal techniques, they’ll release security updates on a regular basis. Skipping one of those updates could put you at risk.
  2. Set A Password For Your Meeting. In Zoom’s settings, you can enable a password requirement for all instant meetings.
  3. Use A Unique Meeting ID. It can be convenient to use your personal meeting ID (PMI), but it’s not the safest option. This number is the same every time, so as soon as the wrong person gets their hands on it, all your future meetings are compromised. Instead, you can have Zoom generate a unique ID for each meeting.
  4. Don’t Share Meeting Info On Social Media. Again, it may be easier to get the word out about your next big meeting by using social media, but without the right security settings in place, anyone can get that info. If you need to share an invite, do it directly over email.
  5. Use The Waiting Room. Zoom’s Waiting Room feature allows hosts to screen attendees as they come into the meeting, providing an extra level of protect against intruders.
  6. Limit Screen Share To Hosts. One of the key ways that intruders disrupt meetings is by displaying inappropriate content through screen share. Make sure to select “only the host can share” under the settings.
  7. Manage Participants Carefully. As the host, you have a lot of power as to what goes on in the meeting. You can mute or boot participants as you see fit by using the “Manage Participants” option.

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