Due to corona virus, there is a situation of lockdown all over the world. And in such situation, most of the companies are bound for work from home, it is obvious that in such situation, you cannot get out of the house, what about meetings? When we started searching answer to this question, an app came into the limelight, you must have also heard the name of this app. Zoom app. Its specialty is that from 1 to 100 people can do video calling simultaneously, at the same time.
Which means you can also see each other’s face and interact. And not only in India, but the use of this app has also increased very fast all over the world. And as the discussion about this app increased, questions also started raising about its security. The allegation is that your data on this app is not secure. Means, if you are using Zoom, then your mobile data, your laptop data can also go to someone else. If this is the case, then its really a serious concern. So today we will discuss Is it really dangerous to use the Zoom app?
Now, there is a team in India for cybersecurity cert-in. Its full form is the Computer Emergency Response Team of India. When the issue of Zoom went to this agency, the agency warned the Indians who are using the Zoom app Version 4.6.4 or prior. You should be very careful while using the zoom. Because if you are negligent then cyber attackers can target you, and your sensitive information can go to cybercriminals. According to the US website cnet, a lawsuit has also been filed on this app.
Jonathan Dame filed the case on the basis of 3 facts:
1) This app is sharing its data with Facebook
2) This app does not give you an end to end encryption. You must have noticed this feature in WhatsApp.
3) The user’s webcam can also be easily accessed from this app. And not only cnet, but Washington Post also studied about this app and found that personal videos of thousands of people are available in the free space on the Internet.
That is, whatever you talked, shared the files, a third person put them on the clouds. The Washington Post traced 5 of these people, reached out to them, talked to them, surprisingly, none of these five knew how their meeting information leaked onto the Internet. Security expert Brian Krebs says that there are many tools on Internet that will extract at least 100 Zoom meeting ids in an hour. Many more such flaws have been found in this app, due to which on April 9th, Google and Alon Musk’s spaceX have refused to use it. Not only this, Pentagon, Senate, Singapore & German Govt, all are banning Zoom for official use. In the midst of all this, Eric Yuan, CEO of the company that created this app, apologized to Wall Street Journal in an interview and also said that the company will do everything possible to maintain the trust of the people and within the next 90 days from this app All associated security issues will resolve.
Let us tell you that Eric Yuan is Chinese American and in the last 3 months his net worth has increased by 112% to seven and a half billion dollars. And in just 3 months, he has come in number 192 in Bloomberg’s billionaire list. Zoom users were only 1 crore in December 2014 and by March 2020 end have become 20 crores. You do not need to panic after viewing this report, just follow the advice given by cert -in.
The things you have to keep in mind are:
1) Keep updating your app.
2) Keep a strong password.
3) Keep a unique password for every meeting.
4) Keep the waiting room feature enabled so that any person, who wants to be a part of that meeting, cannot be a part of the meeting without the permission of the manager.
5) Disable other options, including the ability for others to Join Before Host. 6) Disable screen-sharing for nonhosts, and also the remote control function. Finally, disable all file transferring, annotations, and the autosave feature for chats.
7) If you are administering the meeting, end the meeting rather than just leaving. In the meanwhile, don’t install Zoom from an unknown source as Hackers are selling two critical vulnerabilities for the video conferencing software Zoom that would allow someone to hack users and spy on their calls, Motherboard found this information.
The two flaws are so-called zero-days, and are currently present in Zoom’s Windows and macOS clients, according to three sources who are knowledgeable about the market for these kinds of hacks. The sources have not seen the actual code for these vulnerabilities, but have been contacted by brokers offering them for sale on 15th April 2020. One day before on 14th April 2020, A lawsuit is already filed against Facebook & Linkedin for vigiling at Zoom user’s personal data.