The Rise Of Video Conferencing Hacking

The coronavirus pandemic has transformed our way of working across the world during the past few months, and video conferencing has become the norm when it comes to holding business meetings and personal catch-ups.

The boom in technology has brought many innovations, and companies have been rushing to produce new software and hardware, such as Zoom’s dedicated video conferencing monitor. But such a sudden leap can also bring out the cybercriminals who are ready to exploit any weaknesses.

Some users have reported video conferences being interrupted by inappropriate images and threatening language, and some hackers have begun lurking within video calls as a hidden participant, which obviously has massive security implications for a business.

We have a few tips to help bolster your video conferencing cybersecurity.

Use business-grade software 

Whatever the scale of your business, some things should never be skimped on. Invest in a video conferencing platform designed for business that has a full spread of cybersecurity options available.

Take advantage of password protection 

Most platforms offer the option to password protect a meeting. If yours allows this, then use a strong password, and change it for every meeting.

Avoid linking on social media 

Ensure that anyone joining a meeting does not share links or details to their social media unless it is open to the general public.

Update your software

While some video conferencing platforms will update automatically, some will require you to do it manually. You should be checking this once a week at minimum. Out of date software can leave you exposed, as older software may have vulnerabilities. Make sure your employees also understand the importance of this.

The pandemic has highlighted the need for unified communications solutions, so get in touch today if you need our services.

Much of this is because of the sudden and incredible shift to remote working. The vast majority of the world’s organisations are now being operated by individuals working from home, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock recently said employers should now always offer to work from home as an option.

While many businesses already had the infrastructure in place for remote working, no one could predict the speed and the scale at which it would be needed. As with any big, sudden shifts in operations or procedure, criminals will always be ready to exploit any cracks. How do you fight against phishing and ransomware attacks?

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