Is Video Conferencing As Secure As We Think?


Since the COVID-19 outbreaks, things have changed drastically. It feels like yesterday when we all were roaming around, meeting people, going places and doing whatnot. But everything is different now. Though luckily, technology advanced enough to invent video conferencing. We cannot even imagine a world without video conferencing now. Our social life as well as our professional is fuelled by and is running because we have video conferencing. We can stay in touch, have conversations and live our lives not the same, but in a similar manner.

But these secure conferencing mediums are not that safe and secure. There are many potential complications lurking to disturb our lives. It is not impossible to have video conferencing but we need to follow some things and make sure everything is safe and sound.

  • The Links

Make sure the meeting links are not getting leaked or don’t reach in the wrong hands. People can bomb the video conferences and gather confidential and important data or disrupt the meetings by disturbing or sharing inappropriate things. The bomber can also send malicious links which would be harmful. The security breach can also give access to hackers. Reusing old links can also cause these problems.

  • Prioritising

Video conferences are a boon to us in this situation. But amid all the work and ease, we tend to forget about safety and security. It is best to keep sensitive information off the net but it can get near impossible under current circumstances. Turns out, people don’t really think about secure video conferencing which makes sense as this is a new concept for many. But it is essential to make safety and security a priority.

  • Terms and Conditions

People have a habit of accepting the terms and conditions and granting permissions to software and applications without properly reading what all is written and mentioned. While most of the famous ones are safe to use; their privacy policies keep getting updated. One must religiously go through all the terms and policies.

  • Cybercrimes

Since COVID-19, there has been a massive increase in cybercrimes. Most of the world was forced to get online to continue their lives and not everyone is accustomed to it and how things are safely done online. This increased cyber-criminal activities as the potential targets also increased. Hackers and cybercriminals are always hunting and are hungry for data. Encrypting your data, using passwords etc. can protect you and your precious data.

What can be done – What we need is to vigilantly look and take actions to create a video conferencing scenario. Security measures taken by a company and by an individual should not be the same. Though, both the parties must take precautions and keep their data and themselves; safe.

Video conferencing is not bad, it is actually the need of the hour, but it is important to be aware of all the snags it brings with it and in reality; they are not very hard to tackle. Just take the right steps and be safe.