It’s been four weeks of social distancing here in the San Francisco Bay Area: four weeks of shelter-in-place, four weeks of each day blurring into the next. And you have had four weeks to watch the Tiger King on Netflix. We are still here. We are still working hard for our customers and for each other. And it is the little things that can keep us going: seeing a colleague’s baby on a call, comparing fun backgrounds during our video conferences, Slacking entertaining videos to each other and sharing Spotify lists.
In this week’s news roundup, we are focusing on cybersecurity issues and solutions that are being faced as a result of COVID-19.
Universities Get Creative With Technology Due to Coronavirus Closures
At this point most are aware that schools have had to send their students home and many of these schools are scrambling to figure out how to teach their students remotely. Many are simply using video conferencing tools like Zoom, but some are being incredibly creative and use Microsoft’s Hololens, a wearable technology “which superimposes digital content including hologram-like images onto a user’s view of the real world.” To find out more about this and a few other innovative approaches to remote learning, see The Wall Street Journal.
States probe Zoom for possible privacy violations after officials’ calls are Zoombombed
With the increased usage of video conferencing due to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders, video conferencing apps such as Zoom have become essential. With increased usage come bad actors that want to take advantage of vulnerabilities. So we have a new term, Zoombombing, which means an unwanted guest has crashed your online meeting. There are ways to protect your meetings from this unwanted activity. Find out the simple and very secure solution that we recommend, and if you want to find out more about what the fallout is from state officials’ calls being Zoombombed, you can read more at CNBC.
Cybersecurity officials say state-backed hackers taking advantage of pandemic
We have warned again and again that there are ill-intentioned actors out there who are taking advantage of people’s fear of COVID-19 and mounting phishing, smishing and vishing attacks. Read our post regarding types of attacks we see out there and what we recommend that you can do to prevent falling prey to them. Luckily the volume of attacks is not increasing, but the tactics are. New tactics include “exploiting growing demand for work-from-home solutions by passing off their malicious tools as remote collaboration software produced by Zoom and Microsoft.” To find out more about this new type of attack, go to Venture Beat.
Why the coronavirus lockdown is making the internet stronger than ever
These days any good news is welcome; any good that can come out of all of this brings us hope. It seems the incredible increase of internet use is causing internet providers to perform some major upgrades. To read more about these upgrades, you can go to Technology in Review.
Read the last Weekly News Round-up.