Home Ministry said Zoom is ‘not a secure platform’ and advised government employees not to use it for official work because of the video conference service surges in popularity in many nations, including the world’s second-largest smartphone market as billions of individuals, remain stuck reception thanks to the coronavirus crisis.
“Zoom may be a not a secure platform,” the Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord) of India’s ministry of home affairs said during a 16-page (PDF) advisory. “Platform not to be used by government officers/ officials for official purposes,” said the Press Bureau of India during a statement. The announcement includes guidelines for users who still wish to use Zoom for his or her private communications.
The move comes as several companies, including Google, Apple, NASA, and Tesla, have urged — or warned — their employees from using Zoom, which has amassed over 200 million users. German and Taiwan have also banned the use of concentrate their nations. But the firm, with a market cap of over $40 billion, has also come under scrutiny and become subject of a lawsuit after several of its security and privacy lapses emerged in recent weeks.
Zoom has been trending on app stores in India in recent weeks, too, during a surprise as enterprise services rarely get traction with consumers within the country. Several Indian ministers in India have also tweeted pictures that showed they were using concentrate recent weeks.
The app is being downloaded quite 450,000 times every day for the last fortnight in India, research firm Apptopia told TechCrunch. This week, India also started a contest for startups to develop a secure conferencing app.
Zoom chief executive has Eric S. Yuan has apologized for the security lapses and pledged to prioritize specialize in users’ privacy and security over the event of the latest features. The firm recently also hired former Facebook security officer Alex Stamos as an advisor.
In a statement, a Zoom spokesperson told TechCrunch that the corporate takes its users’ security “extremely seriously.” The report adds, “A sizable amount of worldwide institutions starting from the world’s largest financial services companies and telecommunications providers to non-governmental organizations and government agencies, have done exhaustive security reviews of our user, network and datacenter layers and still use Zoom for many or all of their unified communications needs.”
Here are the entire MHA guidelines for safe usage:
● Create a replacement user ID and password for every meeting
● Create a lounge within the app so that a user is going to be ready to enter the meeting only the host gives him permission
● Disable Join feature before hosting
● Allowing Screen sharing by Host-only
● Disabling Allow removed participants to re-join
● It’s recommended to limit or disable file transfer
● When all participants have joined, it’s been advised to lock the meeting
● Restrict the recording feature
● To finish session not just leave, if you’re an administrator