When any technology rises in popularity fast, the number of malign actors exploiting new and untrained users also rises. We are witnessing this currently with videoconferencing services and applications. In this article, we will give you some tips on how to video conference safely.
Since our article last week titled ‘Zoombombing hijacks online meetings and classes’, Zoom has made some security updates. From April 5, meetings have automatically enabled password protection and waiting rooms.
However, issues with privacy and security do remain which includes the platform mining users’ computer data and the absence of end-to-end encryption which leaves users vulnerable privacy-wise.
In order to improve the security of video conferencing for companies and end users, consider the following:
- Use software products that are geared for enterprise use, not consumer-grade software;
- Ensure password protection is enabled;
- Do not share links to your teleconferences or classrooms and ensure your invitees honour this;
- If you do not require video calling, do not use it. Turning off your webcam and listening in via audio prevents possible social engineering efforts to learn more about you through background objects;
- Stay up to date! Update your software to the latest version available;
- Ensure your meeting hosts understand your organisation’s software and associated security protocols and functions;
- Do not record your meetings unless absolutely necessary; and
- Lock your meetings!
How to video conference safely