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Who is watching you? – Safe video conferencing tips

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Who is watching you? – Safe video conferencing tips

Background

As we see a rise in technological popularity during this period, we are enhancing our skills to harness the need of using digital means to replace the day to day tasks we do. Tasks such as meetings and interactions are rapidly moved to online meeting platforms such as skype, zoom, and google meets where people are still able to go on with conversations be it leisure, education, or business.

However, despite moving towards a more technology-driven society to quickly to resume in our daily means, there is also a rise in new and untrained users who have yet to learn and adapt to digitalization as we see a number of cases of video conferencing rooms getting hijacked or breached by hackers, such issues are causing panic and targets users who are unfamiliar with this domain.

How are chat rooms targeted?

With the rise in popularity of video conferencing for meetings and education being in place, the rise in attack is also inevitable as we see hackers trying to breach into the chats to commit cyber-attacks. The following are a few examples of video conferencing cyber-attacks committed throughout this period:

  • Chat Room Bombing – This type of attack is totally random and is usually meant to disrupt or to eavesdrop on the conversations going on in the chat rooms. This type of attack is possible when the hackers are able to discover the chat room IDs and Passwords. Another possibility is that the chat room is not secured with a password, so any hacker with the chat room ID will be able to enter at ease.
  • Clicking Malicious Links – when the hackers infiltrate the chat room, they might misdirect users in the chat room with links leading them to malicious sites to steal their credentials.

  • Leaked Meeting Links –  As it is becoming more common to share links with others of the meeting chat room, there might be a possibility that that particular link could have been leaked to hackers allowing them access to the chat room in the event that a password is not enforced into the chat room.

  • Sharing of inappropriate content – Online chat room presentations are a thing that is common in most platforms, the screen sharing function is a way for teams to communicate on meeting ideas and share screens to present their ideas. However this also means that if a hacker has successfully breached into the chat room, they might be able to share their screen with other members in the chat room showing them inappropriate content such as pornography, satire, or even racial/social hate content.

  • Deny of Service Attacks – The moment the hackers have access to the chat rooms, they can create disruptions to meetings by entering massively into the chat room, denying the other participants of entering.

How can we prevent attacks from happening?

To be able to deter such cyber attacks from happening, we must raise the awareness levels of everyone by educating the dangers of cyber-attacks. We must also understand that the dangers online are increasing as we are rapidly transitioning into a digitalized phase. While the situation currently at where it stands will only mean that more digital platforms will be used in time to come, we must constantly update ourselves to adapt to the changing trend.

Learning points & tips

These are 5 learning points we can take to ensure that our online digital conferencing experience is safe and secure for everyone:

  • Encrypt your chat rooms with passwords
    As we host meetings online, the most important thing is to set a password for your chat room at this is your line of defense. Make sure that password settings are turned on to mandatory and to use strong passwords to prevent hackers from guessing the passwords easily.
  • Attendance taking
    Be sure to check the number of attendees in your meeting/chat room as well as making sure that the invitation to the chat room is sent to the correct participants. During meetings always stay vigilant and check the number of attendees to prevent anyone from sneaking into the chat room trying to steal information.
  • Only allow the host to share their screen
    By only allowing the host to share his/her screen prevents the risk of hackers getting into the chat room to share explicit content with the participants. This is to ensure that only 1 person should be able to share their screen when the host has been passed to them.
  • Do not allow strangers to stay in the room
    In the event that anyone in the chat room spots someone who is not supposed to be in the chat room, they should notify the host immediately to get the stranger banned from the room, this way even with the room ID & password, the user will not be allowed back into the room.
  • Always check your links
    There will be occasions where links are sent into the chat box for participants to click on. These links direct participants to malicious sites resulting in credentials stolen.

Aftermath

As we keep ourselves safe at home during this period of time, we should also be aware of our own cyber health as well due to the fact that everyone is going online at a rapid pace, it is important to know how we can take care of our own cyber wellness as well.

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