Chinese-owned video conferencing platform Zoom has finally 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.’
The advisory issued by the Govt. of India is specifically meant for private individuals who are using the service to manage work from home during this coronavirus pandemic lockdown. The advisory 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 the 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)
Zoom has been in the eye of the storm lately, as a 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.
MHA issues advisory, says Zoom not secure video conferencing platform for private individuals. Mentions guidelines for those who still want to use it. pic.twitter.com/b900JOw1Si
— Prasar Bharati News Services (@PBNS_India) April 16, 2020