Monday, May 4, 2020

How to safeguard your data when using Zoom

Zoom quickly became the most used app during the Coronavirus lockdown. Not only it is convenient and easy to use, but it is also one of the most reliable video conferencing app. Just like any cloud-based app, Zoom is not safe. However, Zoom is being targeted due to its popularity. But in fact, most of your free video conferencing app aren't safe as well.

That being said, the recommendations below are also apt for other video conferencing app, not just Zoom. We hope you will find them useful.

Ensure your anti-virus is working

One way to be sure that your computer is fully protected is to ensure your anti-virus is fully functioning and its service is not expired. Generic anti-virus brands such as McAfee, Kaspersky, Norton, etc. are equipped with Identity Theft Protection and blocking malicious activity on the internet that includes Zoom.

Do not allow Zoom to access your calendar, contacts, etc.

One of the way that we can reveal our personal information is through bypass access. Do not grant the access to Zoom to your contacts, calendar, local folders, etc. This action will allow Zoom to access multiple data points on your account and device.

Use a unique password for Zoom

When you sign up for Zoom, use a unique password that you do not use on other accounts, especially if you are using the same password as your email and social media accounts. In the event that your password is being hacked, you don't have to worry about the security of your other accounts.

Turn on Zoom application only when it is needed

Never leave your Zoom account running in the background, especially turning on the video camera when you are not using it. Sign in to your account only when you need to start a video conferencing to minimize the use of the app. Also, consistently sign in to Zoom using one device only. We highly recommend to log in to Zoom via desktop instead of mobile. 

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