That Zoom invite might be a clever phishing trick


Even though people are going back to work in their offices, video conferencing is still common. Bitten by the video chat bug, we regularly have virtual meetings with colleagues and chat with loved ones and friends via webcams and smartphones.

Did you know that you can have a Zoom meeting via your TV? One method is to connect a laptop to your TV through an HDMI port. However, there is an easier way. You can use screen mirroring to connect your smartphone to your TV without the need for additional equipment. Tap or click here and Kim will tell you how.

But be careful if you are a regular Zoom user. An elaborate phishing scheme is doing the rounds and could already be in your inbox. Keep reading to find out how to avoid falling victim.

Here’s the backstory

Zoom is extremely popular for video conferencing, so it’s no surprise that cybercriminals are misusing it to target victims. Armorblox described a cyber attack targeting a major online brokerage in a recent blog post. It was started via email and has been sent to approximately 10,000 inboxes.

The email was titled: “[External]Zoom Meetings 11:00 AM Eastern Time [US and Canada]’, and the body contained the message: ‘Your participants have joined a meeting.’ There is also a button to join the meeting.

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Clicking the link will take you to a fake Microsoft Outlook login page. Enter your credentials and they will be sent to the scammers.

The malicious email bypassed Microsoft’s security checks and turned out to be from a safe sender. Last year, we reported on similar attacks involving fake Google Meet links.

This type of phishing attack is especially dangerous because the message appears to come from a trusted organization. It has become instinctive for some to join a meeting via an email invitation.

How to protect yourself from phishing attacks

Use caution when receiving links through your email or text messages. There are many more steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of phishing. Here are a few tips:

Do not click on links and attachments that you receive in unsolicited emails. If the message gives you a sense of urgency, delete it. Spelling and grammar mistakes are big red flags. Use two-factor authentication and password managers for increased security. Keep your operating systems, apps and devices updated with the latest official software and patches. Always have a trusted antivirus that is updated and running on all your devices. We recommend our sponsor, TotalAV. Get an annual subscription to TotalAV now for just $19 ProtectWithKim.com. That’s over 85% off the regular price!

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