How to avoid Video Conferencing Security Risks


As most of the jobs are turning remote these days, videoconferencing has become a critical component of Work From Home (WFH) scenarios, while conducting day-to-day operations. So, hackers will surely try to target such virtual meetings to hijack them or to harvest some personal data from the meeting participants that can later be used to either extort money or used in identity theft campaigns.

So, here are some video conferencing security best practices-

Encryption of audio and video- Most apps like ZOOM that are used to hold video conferences offer audio and video conferences with end-to-end encryption video conferencing. As this feature helps in keeping hackers at bay who are interested in eavesdropping conversations or hijacking camera application from a laptop or a mobile phone.

Authentication- Most conferencing platforms offer authentication feature such as One time passcodes as their 1st line of defense. It, in fact, helps in identifying the attendees in advance and keeps unwanted cyber criminals at bay.

2FA feature- A secure video conferencing platform will always offer users a 2 factor authentication such as an OTP via email or SMS as an additional verification feature. So, it is better to go for apps that exhibit this feature. As this feature helps in obtaining an out -of-band-authentication, it can be regarded as most secure. For instance, a 2FA received on a mobile phone through an SMS delivered through wireless connection.

End point protection- Any conferencing app that offers endpoint protection to help secure the user from becoming a target of spyware spreaders is termed to be an excellent audio&video conferencing app that can be relied for corporation communications.

Anti- Keystroke and Anti-Screen capture trait- Some sophisticated hackers try to steal keystroke data and will also try to capture screenshots of a live conference. So, secure video conferencing apps like Skype, Signal, Zoom, Teamviewer, Google Duo and LogMeIn have introduced such features for their premium users, respectively.

Malware protection for clipboards- Rarely, some corporate meetings can be hijacked via malware to steal data from clipboards. And this is where conferencing companies have offered a new clipboard protection to prevent data from falling into the hands of hackers through hidden malware.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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