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Hackers Invading Zoom Calls (Forbes)

Thursday April 2nd, 2020

By : Anthony Karcz
Source : Forbes

You might not have heard the term "Zoombombing" before this week, but with the rise of at-home work meetings, virtual classes, and online social gatherings, Zoom usage is at an all-time high. And whenever something becomes popular, there's always a portion of the population that gets a cheap thrill from disrupting it.

Keeping Zoom meetings safe is something that’s even more important now that its usage by grade schoolers is about to soar. It's embarrassing and awkward to have a business conference call interrupted. It's potentially scarring for a virtual class full of grade-school kids to have hardcore pornography displayed on screen. Once a Zoombomber has slipped into your conference, it's a simple two-click process to take over the call and show whatever you want.

That is, unless you take a few simple precautions.

1. Keep Invites Private

Especially right now, when it seems like the entire world is trying to figure out how to keep up with "business as usual" (or at least "business at all") you want to make sure that as many people as possible can get the information they need. The temptation is high to post links to Zoom meetings on social media or take a screenshot of the link to pass around.

The problem is, there's no way to keep track of who's received the invite and if the invite reached the intended targets.

The easiest way to ensure the link isn't seen by those who shouldn't have access is to email participants the link directly from the Zoom app or, even better, set up a meeting in Google calendar with the Zoom link in the description. That way, you can keep track of who's said they'll participate and make it harder for casual hackers to find your meeting. more


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