The Zoom Application seems to be the international video-conferencing platform of choice as businesses, school systems, healthcare facilities, and even families are learning to cope with social distancing standards during the ongoing Coronavirus disaster. Zoom grew exponentially from 10 million users in December up to 200 million in March, actively used by High Schools, Universities, Nonprofit Organizations & Businesses alike. The free version allows up to 100 participants per meeting, and you can always upgrade to a paid version for more bells and whistles.
You might still be wondering, what is Zoom-Bombing?
Zoom-Bombing is the newly denominated term used when malicious users sneak into a Zoom Application Web Meeting. These individuals either barge in with their audio, text chat, or share their screens bombarding actual attendees with disturbing, distracting & always unsolicited content.
The FBI warned on Monday 03/30/2020. “FBI Warns of Teleconferencing and Online Classroom Hijacking During COVID-19 Pandemic”. https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/boston/news/press-releases/fbi-warns-of-teleconferencing-and-online-classroom-hijacking-during-covid-19-pandemic
Most Zoom-Bomber attacks have exploited publicly available Zoom links. Some seemingly private meetings may also be vulnerable. Zoom apologized for overstating the security properties of the encryption by claiming it offers “end-to-end encryption for all meetings” in non-technical terms; this means all content on the platform is visible to participants only, which is not the case.
Zoom is fine for a virtual beer, or with friends on a book club meeting, it’s not recommended you share private information. If you need to discuss confidential or sensitive data, such as a business meeting, health, or legal information, it is recommended you procure a more secure application.
You can take matters into your own hands and tighten up the privacy on your own. Below are a few strategies that ensure your meetings don’t get gate-crashed.
If you wish to continue using Zoom, these are the best ways to prevent Zoom-Bombing
- Set up your meetings as Private
- Require passwords for participants
- If you are the meeting host, make sure you get a notification when participants join
- Change the setting so that only the meeting host can share his or her screen
- Do not share the meeting links on any social media
- Make sure everyone is using the latest Zoom Software
If you do get Zoom-Bombed, file any misuse to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov. By reporting abuse, you are helping the online community, and the authorities put a stop to these shenanigans. If you no longer wish to use Zoom for your remote meeting and video chat needs, MaX/Accession Meeting by MetaSwitch is an excellent alternative to consider.
Accession Meeting (MetaSwitch MaX UC)
Accession Meeting is a full-featured web and video conferencing tool offered as a service that’s hosted entirely from the Cloud. Accession Meeting provides a comprehensive collaboration environment that scales from the Small Office/Home Office environments to Fortune 500 businesses without a need to install any hardware infrastructure or applications in the Colocation Center, Data Center, or Customer Premises. This solution enables HD voice, and video conferencing that includes but is not limited to the following features:
- Unlimited voice conferencing
- Supports conferences with up to 500 participants
- Multiple views – gallery and active speaker
- Scheduled and Improvised conferences
- Video conferencing
- Desktop sharing and File sharing
- Integrated moderator controls
- Desktop remote control
- Conference recording
- iPhone and iPad screen sharing with Airplay
- Supports Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android
- Microsoft Outlook integration/plug-in
- One-click scheduling in Outlook
To ease the current work from home transition, MaX/Accession Meeting is available free of charge for all new users through June 30, 2020! Contact Teltek today for a free remote demonstration and to get your free collaboration software.