During this current epidemic brings greater competition throughout our global market and businesses must be agile to survive. In some cases, you will have to crack down on specific apps, programs, or devices being used at your work; they’re just too risky. Done correctly, support for new technologies can create new opportunities for organizations to deliver better products into the market, faster and through convenient efforts on part of IT users at the workplace.

When it comes to web conferencing, how safe are we really? And what is privacy? Data is powerful and a profitable market to the variety of players involved. Internet privacy is the right to keep sensitive data and information produced as a result of using the web, private. Collecting this data and displaying it, selling it, or providing it to third parties are all common practices that can expose internet privacy.

Very often this term is misused and mentioned when describing a small subsection of internet privacy or a totally unrelated issue with social media. As a result. There’s a lot misinformation floating around with only a snippet of truth or understanding. The first step in being able to look out for your rights online is having a clear understanding of what internet privacy is.

Honestly, we must come to the realization that privacy is not real as we think. Just read the fine print. When you’re browsing through the millions of apps available, you’ll notice that close to 98% of them are free to download. That’s great if you’re looking to fill up your gadget, but many free apps, and most paid ones, do come with a hidden price: your privacy. So why is everyone picking on FB and Zoom today?

With all the negative pictures being pointed towards Zoom, many companies have used this as an opportunity to market their web conferencing businesses to surge. I won’t name drop, but we all know who those companies are. Nobody wants to have their secure data compromised, but technology brings enough benefits that the risk is a lot of time is overlooked. So, you check certain systems, you can establish protocols, you can update and patch your software, and you can keep track of the technology used.

Zoom has been in the news for the last few years. Zoom is definite legitimate software, but unfortunately just full of security vulnerabilities that has become louder due to the coronavirus pandemic keeping the world at home. Yesterday Zoom announced the formation of a CISO Council and Advisory Board, which includes security leaders from across industries, to perform security reviews of the company’s platform.

As individuals continue this online transition there are a few free recommendations in exercising due diligence and caution in online cyber security efforts. The following steps can be taken to mitigate teleconference hijacking threats:

  • Do not make meetings or classrooms public. In Zoom, there are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests.
  • Do not share a link to a teleconference or classroom on an unrestricted publicly available social media post. Provide the link directly to specific people.
  • Manage screen sharing options. In Zoom, change screen sharing to “Host Only.”
  • Ensure users are using the updated version of remote access/meeting applications. In January 2020, Zoom updated their software. In their security update, the teleconference software provider added passwords by default for meetings and disabled the ability to randomly scan for meetings to join.
  • Ensure that your organization’s teleworking policy or guide addresses requirements for physical and information security.

Here at ManagedTEK we strive to provide top security solutions. We understand that this is a vast amount of information but is our goal to provide our clients with the most efficient tools to navigate safely in this vast digital world. All while ensuring that we are educating our clients on the importance of these well-established methods for mitigating threats. We hope to to establish a dialogue and understanding with our customers regarding the challenges faced by providing real time dated solutions regarding security and privacy.

Previously we provided you with a few tips and encouraged you not to give in to panic, countdowns, false information or offers too good to be true. Stay informed through legitimate and official sources and always check multiple sources. On all your devices, use a security solution that can protect you from phishing, fraud, and malware.

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