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Safety of Online App

April 18
16:13 2020

As the Distance Learning is getting popular in India as well as other countries, Applications like Zoom has becoming popular amongst Students as well as Teachers.

But is the use of application is safe?

The govt’s warning comes after India’s nodal cyber security agency – Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-in) – had cautioned against the vulnerability of the app. The agency had pointed out that the app has significant weaknesses which can make users vulnerable to cyber attacks, including leakage of sensitive office information to criminals.

Still if you want to use such apps following cousion needs to be taken:

Create a new user ID and password for each meeting

  • Create a waiting room in the app so that a user will be able to enter the meeting only when the host gives him permission
  • Disable Join feature before hosting
  • Allowing Screen sharing by Host only

*Disabling “Allow removed participants to re-join”

  • It is recommended to restrict or disable file transfer
  • When all participants have joined, it has been advised to lock the meeting
  • Restrict the recording feature
  • To end meeting (not just leave, if you are an administrator)

There are many Alternatives are available which schools can adopt in the place of Zoom

Google has launched its new application Hangout Meet or Meet with advanced features of Video conferencing. Schools have now free access to Google Hangout Meet as well as google classroom

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