Zoombombing And Security In A Post-Corona World

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This is Boris. Boris tweeted a picture of a virtual cabinet meeting with personal details to the world, compromising national security. Don’t be like Boris. 

With Zoom, Teams and Skype meetings becoming commonplace (along with working in your trackies and Uggs), the security stakes have been raised as some workers begin to return to offices while others continue to work remotely.   

Several instances of security risks have been widely circulated recently around some of these popular video applications. 

Houseparty has been accused of hacking the Netflix, Spotify and PayPal accounts of their users. Houseparty denied the accusations and is willing to pay $US 1 million ($A 1.5 million) to anyone who can prove the claim. 

Popular business video conferencing service Zoom has created a cultural phenomenon, in what started out as mostly pranks, was quickly identified as some potentially serious privacy and security issues. Well that escalated quickly! 

Zoombombing – The Darker Side 

The term Zoombombing has gained popularity, and even a dedicated Wikipedia page, after (some pretty hilarious – we’ve checked) videos of hijacked meetings and virtual classrooms have been shared across the internet.  

But it’s not just Millennials and Gen Z’ers pranking their Engineering tutors, there is a darker side to this seemingly harmless activity. Hacking access to meetings allows uninvited guests to silently join and spy on competitors or even governments – we’re looking at you, Boris. Meetings with a lot of attendees are especially vulnerable to these risks. 

But all is not lost. Protect your Zoom meetings in four simple steps: 

  1. Watch out and only use your work email to create video meeting invites. Using personal email addresses for work is a big no no. Weren’t you ever taught not to mix work and pleasure? 
  1. Mix it up. Generate a random meeting ID instead of using your personal meeting ID 
  1. Use the ‘waiting room’ feature to stop any potential party crashers before they enter 
  1. Host like a boss. Verify attendees, assign co-hosts  and Lock. The. Meeting! 

But wait, there’s more 

If you are still working remotely, there are a number of further steps you can take to lock down your IT and keep the spies at bay: 

  1. Be up to date. It’s 2020 so Windows 95 isn’t going to cut it. Make sure your organisation is using updated operating systems and antivirus solutions 
  1. Keep them guessing. Routinely change your router login and password  
  1. Configure Wi-Fi encryption on your router 

How Spirit can help 

Luckily, we’re experts in this stuff. Our Corona Control Centre is your first port of call to fulfill your business requirements when working remotely, or in the office. Make secure, crystal clear teleconferencing a reality from home with our Home Conference Calls (HCC) Centre or work from anywhere easily and securely with our Remote Worker Bundles

Apart from our work from home enablement products, we’re your one-stop-shop for Cyber Security. We specialise in the security of your business’ network and devices by understanding how your network operates, employing the latest security solutions to protect you from any attacks and proactively monitoring your systems for any unusual activity. 

Leave your IT and security to us and stay focused on what matters most – your customers and your business. 

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