How to use Zoom for remote access to your smartphone
The Zoom for iPhone app has been downloaded more than 150 million times in the US alone and is the third most downloaded mobile app in the world after Google Maps and Facebook.
But it’s also one of the most confusing.
For one thing, there’s no clear sign of a smartphone icon, nor any indication that you can use it to access your device remotely.
But in reality, you’re still locked into the app using a standard web browser.
Zoom for iPhone also has a confusing password system.
Once logged in, you have to type in a password for every single account on the device.
You have to remember them, and then they have to be entered again to access the app.
And once that’s done, the password is reset and you’re back to the standard web login screen.
“The password system is a bit of a mess,” said Josh Furlong, an independent security consultant.
“It’s difficult to remember what the password actually is, so I’m not sure how to use it without having a password, or what’s the best password for my particular account,” said Furleng, who recommends using the default password on a computer.
“I’m trying to be as clear as possible.”
Furleng said that it could be difficult to use the app if you’re on the internet, where people use multiple devices to access different websites and apps.
“You can’t get into your phone and just search for anything, it’s kind of like you’re looking at a website that’s been hacked,” he said.
Furlong said that he’d recommend using an encrypted messaging app such as Signal, which is more secure.
“If you’re going to use a secure messaging app, you need to be using a strong password.
And you can’t use the same password on multiple devices,” he added.
A recent study found that one-third of US mobile users would choose to pay for security in the future.
“In my opinion, the biggest barrier to getting online is a lack of password security,” said Joshua Swenson, a security expert and co-founder of Securing Your Devices.
“We’ve seen in the past few years that we have to make changes in order to stay secure, but the barrier to change is that we’ve lost our ability to do it by ourselves.”
Swenson said that using a VPN or proxy service to hide your IP address makes it easy to access certain websites and applications, but there’s not much else you can do to protect yourself from someone trying to gain access.
He also said that the lack of security on mobile apps makes them difficult to understand.
“They’re easy to understand, they’re easy for the average person to understand,” he explained.
“But when you see it as an adversary, it gets really complicated.”
A security firm called Privacy Badger estimates that more than 5 billion mobile devices are connected to the internet every day, and the app that has the most users is the Zoom for Android app.
But Swenson said it’s hard to know whether Zoom for iOS or Zoom for Windows is the better choice.
“A lot of people think that it’s a really secure app, but when you go to a website or an app and it’s not secure, it just makes you feel like you need another device to do that,” he noted.
“People have become so accustomed to these devices, they don’t have a lot of experience with these devices and they’re afraid to change them.”
The issue isn’t just with the smartphone app.
Users can use a desktop browser to access other apps on the same device.
But even if you use a different browser for that, you can still log in with the app, even if it’s the default browser.
“When you’re using Zoom for mobile, there is no authentication at all,” said Swenson.
“And the default login, which was very insecure, has been completely removed.
It’s basically gone.”
A recent update to the app makes the password reset system much easier to use.
Swenson recommends that you use the new password reset feature in the app on any device, rather than using a browser.
It also makes it easier to update apps and add new ones.
Swenson also recommends that people use the default email address in all settings on their devices.
“We’re not going to be able to get into any account if you don’t use that email address,” he stated.
“And if you do use an email address, then you should use that account for all of your email.”
If you do need to change the email address on your phone, you’ll need to go through an app that allows you to change it, and that’s not necessarily as simple as just tapping the “+” sign in the upper right corner of the settings.