Zoom meeting app is not safe to use: Govt


Tribune News Service
New Delhi, April 16

Nearly 13 days after the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) flagged the privacy issues over a video meeting, the government on Thursday issued an advisory saying the Zoom meeting app is “not a safe” platform for video conference and issued a set of guidelines for the safety of private users, who “still would like to use it”.

Security configurations as advised:

  • Setting a new user ID and password for each meeting
  • Enabling waiting room, so that every user can enter only when the host conducting meeting admits the person
  • Allowing screen sharing by host only
  • Restricting/disabling file transfer option (if not required)
  • Locking meeting, once all attendees have joined
  • Restricting the recording feature
  • To end meeting (and not just leave, if you are an administrator)
  • Disabling “Allow removed participants to re-join”
  • Disabling join before host

In the advisory issued by the Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord), under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), asked the private users to secure privacy before using ZOOM Meeting Platform.

In the advisory, it is also said that the platform is “not for use by government officers/officials for official purposes”.

“The advisory also makes reference to earlier advisories of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In) and states that Zoom is not a safe platform. The guidelines have been issued to safeguard private individuals who would still like to use the platform for private purposes,” the MHA said in an official statement.

The broad objective of this advisory is to prevent any unauthorized entry into a Zoom Conference Room and prevent the unauthorized participant to carry out malicious attacks on the terminals of other users in the conference, it added.

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