FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Apr 28th – May 4th

Welcome back to another edition of our weekly round up, where we deliver the most recent comings and goings of the cyber security world.

This week we’re dealing with more news concerning the ongoing coronavirus data privacy debate, Zoom phishing scams, and how Google is making its video call app, Google Meet, free to the public. Continue reading to find out more!

For individuals working from home, video calls are an essential part of staying connected to work amidst the pandemic, however it presents a new market for potential cyber scams. Apps like Zoom have been bombarded with instances of hacks and phishing scams, which is concerning, seeing as though it’s one of the most popular video call applications.

Over the past few weeks, people have been receiving emails from their apparent “employer” indicating that they are due for a “crucial” meeting with HR, and they’ll have to join a Zoom call for the meeting to take place. Once they click on the link in their email, they are brought to a fake login screen. 

In this case, the scammers are hoping that you will input your Zoom email and password, though what they’re really after is your email password. Many people inevitably end up using the same password for all their accounts, which is what hackers are banking on. 

If you find yourself in a similar situation, it’s always important to check for some telling signs that it’s a scam. Spelling and grammar errors are big giveaways, but also checking the validity of the email address will expose the truth. If you feel as though you’ve fallen victim at some point in time, it may be best to update your passwords as soon as possible!

To meet the demand for different types of reliable video call applications, Google has recently announced that they’re making their premium video-conferencing application, Google Meet, free to the public. With many people turning towards video calls to keep in contact with work, school, family and friends, having a reliable video-conference app is definitely important in maintaining your online security. Though applications such as Zoom are becoming increasingly popular, they may not be the safest option.

With the need for a secure video-conferencing application, Google Meet has seen a tremendous growth in usage since the start of the pandemic. And while applications such as Zoom are popular as well, they don’t seem to have the same security and reliability that Google Meet has. 

Curious? You can read the announcement here.

For those of you who have been keeping track, Google and Apple have recently teamed up for an initiative using smartphones to track the spread of the covid-19. Recently, many countries across the world are leaning towards contact tracing, though many more are opting for Google and Apple’s smartphone tracking, dubbed the Exposure Notification system.

The most recent country to begin using this form of contact tracing is Germany, who will most likely implement the tactic beginning in early May – an informative video has even been released, helping to explain the situation. While the two tech giants are adamant about maintaining individual privacy, it is a glimpse into how technology poses a threat to one’s privacy, even if it means greater protection.

That’s it for this week everyone! Though the weathers getting nicer, and some areas are starting to ease up on government restrictions, it’s still important to maintain distance and exercise a bit of caution whenever going into public spaces or virtual ones.

And if you’re looking for ways to protect yourself online, you can check out our Sunday Scaries, where we keep you updated on the newest viruses and scams coming your way!

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