Mac users, update your Zoom app to avoid hackers

If you are a Mac user and use Zoom for work meetings or calls, or to log in to watch lectures or seminars with your friends and family, you need to update your software right away.  While at the DEF CON hacking conference last week,  Mac security specialist Patrick Wardle, presented a bug in the Zoom app that makes its people susceptible to hacking.

How this Zoom bug can hurt you if left uncorrected

This app weakness could allow hackers to take control of your entire operating system through the app’s installer program.  Once you enter your password to update the program, it gives an attacker the ability to insert any malware program through the update and gain high-level access to your operating system.  Once Zoom developers were alerted, they acted swiftly to resolve the issue.

How To Update Zoom

Developers have released a new version of Zoom to resolve the problem. Update to version 5.11.5 of the Zoom app for MacOS to avoid hacking.

  1. Open the ‘Zoom’ app
  2. Select the ‘Settings’ tool
  3. Click ‘Check for Updates’
  4. Select ‘Update’ when the prompted window opens and the update will begin.

If you are on Windows, in case you haven’t updated your app in a while, let this be a gentle reminder to make sure your app is also updated by also following the steps above.

How to always protect your devices

If you rarely update your software, make sure your devices are always protected against malware that can come in any form, whether it’s via Zoom chat, email, or any other way a hacker might attack.  We’ve broken down the top antivirus programs for 2022 and our top antivirus pick is TotalAV, which offers a Total Security package that has real-time monitoring and will keep your devices virus-free.

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