The amount of popularity received by Zoom is balancing with the number of problems it’s facing now. After a flow of security problems, Zoom is now denied by Indian authorities too. While it didn’t ban yet, Indian authorities as CERT-IN, CyCord, and Home Ministry has advised individuals not to rely on Zoom much. And if they do anyway, asked to practice protective measures like changing passwords every time, ending the meeting, restricting unauthorized participants, etc.

Zoom is Declared "Not Safe" By Indian Ministry, Advised Precautions
Zoom is Declared “Not Safe” By Indian Ministry, Advised Precautions

In the wake of Novel Coronavirus, Zoom is one of the many apps that gained a lot of attention. The video conferencing platform was picked up by many corporates and individuals as their means of communication amidst nation-wide lockdowns. And in a similar situation in India, where most have turned to Zoom, as usual, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs today passed few advisories for individuals who’re using Zoom.


Not Safe, So Should Take Precautions

The Ministry has clearly stated that Zoom is not a safe platform and is not to be used by any government officials for any official purpose. Further, it dictated few guidelines to those who still seek Zoom as their platform for virtual meetings. Few of them are recommending administrators (host) of the conference to lock the meeting after starting it to prevent any unauthorized participants, stop any internal participant in carrying any malicious activities, etc.

It has even strictly recommended stopping DOS attacks by restricting users with passwords and access grants. Participants are advised to change their passwords for every meeting to stay secure. These precautions were told after advice from India’s Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-IN) and Cyber Coordination Center (CyCord) released an order advising authorities not to use the platform, as it’s vulnerable and prone to leak sensitive information.

This was turning true, as Zoom has been facing security issues since the pandemic started. The platform has few zero-day vulnerabilities found, used for cryptojacking, features problems, data sharing concerns, etc. There’s are some best alternatives for Zoom to which you can try on. But whatever it is, make sure you follow security measures and avoid zoom-bombing.

Read more about precautions: Advisory.

Source: India’s Ministry of Home Affairs


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