- India's MoHA has cautioned users of Zoom.
- It is not a safe platform, the ministry told Wednesday.
- There are, however, certain steps you should take to ensure safety.
In a fresh blow to Zoom, India's Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued an advisory on the use of the video conferencing app. It has said the use of the platform is "not safe." The caution has been issued for Zoom users in India, whose numbers have increased dramatically over the past few days. Zoom has emerged as a one-stop solution for video meetings among users during the covid-19-induced lockdown globally. The looming concern on Zoom is related to the security loopholes that have been unearthed in multitudes, also emphasised by the regulators in countries such as the US and Taiwan.
So, what if you are still willing to take a risk and use Zoom for video chats?
While there are a lot of features Zoom can boast of, it has to address privacy issues immediately to stop any further criticism. Some recent announcements from Zoom have been centred around tightening privacy and ramping up the security level. These include some steps that you should follow, also issued by the National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC), to safeguard your privacy and data from potential hacks and cybercriminals:
- The user ID and password for each meeting should be regularised, which means you should enter new credentials for each meeting.
- Set up a waiting room for video meetings by default, so that there can be no unauthorised access by strangers.
- Also, you are recommended to disable "Join" before enabling "Host" for a video meeting.
- As far as screen-sharing is concerned, it should be done by Host only. The recording should also be restricted.
- The Host should disable the "Allow removed participants to rejoin".
- The file transfer option should be limited or, better, disabled for certain video meetings that you think may not require file sharing.
- The Host should lock a video meeting after checking all the participants have joined in.
- The video meetings, when complete, should be ended rather than being just left by the host, as well as the participants.