Zoom has increased in popularity a lot during the Covid – 19 pandemic due to the volume of people working from home, it is a video conferencing tool that allows businesses to hold meetings over the internet. It has recently come under fire from skeptical customers worried about the security of the software and they quickly introduced various features to make sure that they are as secure as they can be.

But you can never be 100% secure as attackers will strive to find new vulnerabilities to compromise the software. Recently Zoom has discovered 2 vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to execute code on clients computers, to elaborate, attackers could put together a string of code that sends all of your details (email and potentially password) and your address book details (emails) back to the attackers for later use such as being sold or used for targeted spear-phishing.

Zoom has released a patch for these vulnerabilities and is recommending that people install this update as soon as possible.

It is important that you always keep your software up to date, for this reason, attackers will exploit any vulnerabilities they find for as long as they can, and for some businesses it can mean customers’ details being sold online and sensitive information being stolen. Software updates are also important as they remove outdated features and are aimed at making user experiences better among the other things we have mentioned. One more thing to mention is that some software will offer the option to turn ‘Auto-update’ on, we recommend that this is turned on at all times where possible to avoid security issues.

If one person avoids updates it could end up with entire networks being infected and huge amounts of damage being done.

At Cyber-wise we have courses tailored to you and can offer training on more reasons why it is essential to always keep your software up to date. If you would like to learn more, please, contact us to find out how we can help.