CYBER SECURITY BEST PRACTICES
Zoom and other online platform security issues can be minimized by practicing proper cyber-security habits. UC Berkeley has a good updated list of habits to observe.
THINGS TO AVOID
Below you will find a list of actions that make you more vulnerable on Zoom and other platforms:
- Posting public links to meetings without passwords, which could allow hackers to join your meetings
- Clicking on links sent by hackers inside a session chat which have malicious content
- Clicking on fraudulent links to enter a zoom meeting that appear to be a zoom call but are not
Unless you have clicked on a malware link and your computer has been infected through some of the trickery above, you and your computer will not be vulnerable. For example:
- Computer contents are not exposed while in a Zoom session
- Passwords are not exposed
- People cannot join a zoom conference without a link
- Porn and hate speech cannot be displayed accept by a zoom meeting participant (read: hackers)
All of this is not to say that there aren’t some security issues. With all of the millions of people newly on this platform there are bound to be discoveries of security gaps, which Zoom engineers are working diligently to patch.
If your virtual meetings need to be secured (you are discussing private financial information or working as a therapist), other options to consider include:
- Signal: a highly secured video chat platform called “best-in-the-business end-to-end encryption” by ComputerWorld.
Also notable are
A reputable source that I’ve trusted for years is Tom’s Guide. They have written a more detailed assessment of these concerns. Click on the button below to learn more.