Zoom Phishing: Are Your Remote Employees Protected?

Created at February 23, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the workplace is something that no one could have seen coming. For many businesses, a typical day at the office has become a thing of the past now that everyone has been sent home, computers and coffee in-hand.

But working from home quickly presented cybercriminals with unique opportunities to strike. And unfortunately, Zoom is one of those opportunities.

Zoom Phishing

Zoom phishing scams typically come in the form of official-looking (yet fraudulent) texts, emails, or social media messages that prompt the user to follow a provided link to remedy various false claims. These claims might look a little something like these.

  1. A message claiming that your account has been suspended or deactivated and that you must click on the link provided to reactivate your account.
  2. A message telling you that you missed a meeting and that you can find more meeting details by following the link provided.
  3. A message welcoming you to the Zoom platform and prompting you to follow the link to finish setting up your account.

Of course, these messages are false, and these links lead to no such places. Instead, they typically lead to malware or false log-in pages that grant cybercriminals further access to your information. Many times, these phishing attempts feature Zoom logos and are designed and worded in ways that take advantage of the timeliness and popularity of this app — one that is on many devices and used by thousands of businesses every day.

Learn more: COVID-19 Cybersecurity Scams to Look Out For

Are Your Remote Employees Protected?

So, if Zoom accounts are targets for attack, but you still need to rely on it to conduct business for the foreseeable future, then what can you do to protect your remote employees so that they can feel confident using this tool?

The answer is actually quite simple — more simple than joining a Zoom meeting, in fact.

At Blue Layer, we help teams examine their cybersecurity practices and identify areas for improvement. After all, the user is a business’s first line of defense. Ensuring that all of yours (especially the remote teams) are up-to-speed on cybersecurity awareness best practices is the surest way to make sure they know what to do when faced with one of these malicious Zoom phishing attacks.

Click here speak with us about protecting your team with Blue Layer, your partner in all things IT.

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