Regarding the security of Zoom

​The IT department at Chalmers is currently receiving a lot of questions about the security of the digital cloud-based service Zoom, since the topic has been discussed a lot in the media lately. We have reassuring news for students using this service. ​

Chalmers’ Zoom installation runs via SUNET (Swedish University Computer Network) and is therefore separate from the public version of Zoom (Zoom cloud). The public version of Zoom is the one mostly discussed in the press, especially when it comes to questions regarding how personal data, credit card information, and so on is used. Because of our solution via SUNET, we are not affected by these types of problems at Chalmers. 

All teachers have been instructed by the IT department so that they can use Zoom safely, which means that you can feel safe when participating in distance learning.

If you need to create a meeting yourself, there is information on how to do it safely. Everything you need to know to create the most secure meeting possible can be found on our IT portal. In particular, be sure that you are using https://chalmers.zoom.us for login, and that you install the Zoom client through the links at the IT portal. Keep your Zoom client up to date, meaning that when it asks to be updated – click OK. Make sure to use the various security features offered in the system when booking a Zoom meeting. It is possible to password protect a meeting, for example. Anyone who hosts the meeting can make their meeting a closed meeting and then no others than those invited can participate. 

SUNET and their partner NORDUNET have created a FAQ regarding the safety of Zoom: 

Published: Fri 24 Apr 2020.