India says Zoom is not a safe platform

India says Zoom is not a safe platform

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Video conferencing app Zoom has been in the middle of a privacy storm in the past couple of weeks as many incidents of security breaches have been reported.

India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued advisory cautioning individuals on the safe usage of the app. According to advisory, MHA has deemed Zoom as an unsafe platform and it is asking individuals using the video conferencing app to adhere to certain security settings in a bid to safeguard their meetings from malicious attackers.

The ministry in a two-page long document is asking to enable security settings, such as the Lock Meeting feature, while on a conference call to safeguard their data. The ministry has also detailed a list of checks or the features that users can adhere to in order to safeguard their meetings and their data from hackers.

Enabling the Waiting Room feature in order to ensure that a user can enter only when the host conducting the meeting permits him to. Disabling “Allow removed participants to re-join” feature.

The MHA said that that adhering to these safety practices would not only prevent unauthorised entry into the meeting rooms, but it would also DOS attacks and prevent authorised people to carry out malicious tasks within various conferences.

It is worth noting that the document on the usage of Zoom app comes weeks after the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) issued an advisory on the safety issues of the video conferencing app.