Govt of India issues advisory, says Zoom not secure video conferencing platform

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Updated: April 16, 2020 4:45:59 PM

The Ministry of Home Affairs has put out a detailed two-page long advisory for Zoom users in India.

zoomThe advisory is specifically meant for private individuals. (Photo credit: Reuters)

Controversy-ridden video conferencing platform Zoom has ‘eventually’ come under the radar of the Government of India. The Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday put out a detailed two-page long advisory for Zoom users in India, to safeguard their ‘virtual’ meetings from prying eyes, deeming the video conferencing platform ‘unsafe.’

Zoom has been in the eye of the storm lately, as surge in usage and growing popularity have also brought to light, ‘major’ privacy and security issues around the world. The video conferencing platform that has seemingly become an overnight sensation during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis has been quick to bounce back with solutions to some of these issues, but, somehow, newer, more concerning issues keep piling up every other day.

The advisory, which is specifically meant for private individuals and not Government officials or officials for official purpose, highlights ways to prevent unauthorized entry in the conference room, prevent an authorized participant to carry out malicious (attack) on the terminals of others in the conference, and avoid DoS attack by restricting users through passwords and access grant.

Here’s everything you need to do to secure your Zoom meetings, as per the MHA’s advisory:

  • Set new user ID and password for each meeting
  • Enable meeting room
  • Disable join before host
  • Allow screen sharing by host only
  • Disable allow removed participants to re-join
  • Restrict or disable file transfer option
  • Lock meeting once all attendees have joined
  • Restrict the recording feature
  • End meeting (and not just leave, if you are the administrator)

From Zoom bombing to reports of over 500,000 Zoom accounts being hacked and sold on the dark web, there’s simply no denying that its issues now far outnumber its benefits, leading more and more Governments around the world to sit up and notice. Only recently, Zoom was banned for government business in Taiwan. With India now also raising an alarm, things are looking not so good for Zoom. The company is in the middle of a 90-day feature freeze mode where it is dedicating all its resources to secure its platform first — rather than building new features. You can read more about Zoom’s downward spiral  here.

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