It’s mid-afternoon April 4, 2020 as I write this. Here in Michigan we’re in shelter-in-home lockdown amid the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Over the last few weeks as schools close and remote-working becomes requirement versus preference, more individuals and businesses are turning to software that allows them to conduct online meetings with colleagues and do virtual face-to-face check-ins with family and friends.
Among the most popular online meeting room software solutions is Zoom. There’s a robust free version, plus several for fee upgrade options. Unfortunately, Zoom has come under scrutiny after some using it fell victim to a variety of nefarious and mischievous individuals who delight in attention-seeking antics and worse. The FBI even took noticed and issued a warning. You can read more about that here and here.
Looking Beyond the Warnings
Just so no one misunderstands … I understand the warnings issued. I do not disagree that using Zoom to host online meetings can make organizations and individuals at risk for uninvited intrusions.
However, that’s true about so many situations, whether online or in physical spaces. Schools, churches, malls, as well as private homes and businesses have had their walls breached by those looking for attention, to do harm, to make their opinions known.
Here’s what’s also true. Exercising due diligence is not only wise, but necessary.
Unfortunately, some new (and seasoned) Zoom users failed to understand or implement the internal security controls that are available when scheduling and hosting meetings.[Read more…] about Why Zoom Remains My Go-To for Online Meetings