With many of us working remotely from our homes due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we are all having to rely on technology to keep in touch with our team members. The video conferencing tool, Zoom has proven to be an ever popular choice for teams to catch up on workloads but even amidst an epidemic, hackers have recognised a prime opportunity for ‘ZoomBombing’.
Research found that there has been a steady rise in new Zoom domains with 1,700 created since January however over the past few days 425 domains have been registered, with 70 being identified as fake sites impersonating genuine Zoom domains. Although it may not seem like many, the rise could potentially pose a threat to people working from home of being ‘ZoomBombed’. Therefore it’s essential to ensure that you are safe while remote working and always take into account the following:
Be (extra) cautious: Really, this should go without saying but we recommend you are extra vigilant when working from home and that you definitely don’t click on any links that you aren’t sure of.
Scheduled Zooms only: Only click the link to enter a Zoom video call if you have one scheduled with your colleagues beforehand. If you do receive a request to join a call that you weren’t aware of, it may be worth dropping your colleague a text or email before you go ahead and click the link.
Stay Suspicious: Keep an eye out for spelling errors in URLs and emails that are usually a giveaway, and be suspicious of everything unexpected.
Unfortunately, there are other privacy concerns that people will need to mindful of when using the platform. For example meeting hosts can monitor the activities of attendees, alerting them if somebody navigates away from the Zoom video window, and other features that let administrators check in on their colleagues and access and view meetings that they were not present for, are open to abuse. Also if the Zoom reference number is shared on social media and the host fails to set screen-sharing to ‘host only’, this can allow uninvited guests to screen-share disturbing imagery. Therefore it is important for meeting hosts to disable ‘file transfer’ to prevent any malware being shared.
As with any technology, Zoom is and is going to be a useful tool during this uncertain time, but privacy and IT security should not be put to one side for the sake of ease of use. Our technical team are here to provide advice on any concerns you may have over cyber security, especially while you are remote working. Give us a call on 01453 700 800, we’ll be happy to help.