The weekend period 2020 coincides with a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths and many families choose to avoid travel and potentially expose elderly and / or vulnerable relatives. Hosting gatherings on video conferencing platforms such as Zoom or Google Meet can help keep families physically more secure, but it can pose a number of cybersecurity and privacy-related threats. and students about the importance of securely securing online meetings during the first weeks and months of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to ensure that friends and family, especially the less cyber savvy, are also aware of the potential risks .  Follow these best practices to keep your family gatherings safe and private:
Do not post your meeting URLs in public and keep your meetings invited only.
Facebook can make it easy to stay in touch, but it can be difficult to keep communication private. Publishing a public link to a private meeting on social media can open the virtual door for uninvited guests. Send the meeting link directly to the guests and make sure that your meeting is set to be an invitation only.
Be careful with emails that contain invitations.
Because platforms like Zoom exploded in popularity earlier this year. , so did phishing scams disguised as meeting invitations that seemed to come from famous employees and email addresses. The goal was usually to trick a target into providing login information in the hope that the same information was used on other accounts owned by that person.
To avoid problems you may want to call or text to verify the authenticity of an invitation before clicking on links sent via email and be sure to double-check the URL; Many encounter-related phishing scams use type estimation, where hackers use similar versions of domain names to trick their targets, such as zooom.us or goooglemeet.co. If possible, go directly to the URL provided in an email instead of clicking on embedded links.
Use end-to-end encryption
While holiday conversations with friends and family are unlikely to reveal data with the same sensitivity as an internal board meeting, no one wants their communications captured by hackers or cataloged by video conferencing providers. Fortunately, there is a security setting that some platforms offer that provides greater privacy.
End-to-end encryption, or E2EE, is a security feature that prevents third parties from accessing content or communications, similar to how SSL connections help protect payment data during e-commerce transactions. While meeting platforms like Google Meet offer a limited form of encryption, Zoom has just released it as a feature for both free and paying customers.
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