Happy April! Though the world around us seems to be on hold in many ways, security and privacy news isn't slowing down - we're pretty happy to see lots of media attention on Zoom, which we discuss in detail in this newsletter. Also, attackers and miscreants can do their work just as well from home, so there's been no shortage of security updates.
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Tip of the week
Among the many types of corporate misbehavior in response to the pandemic is a sudden popularity of software that spies on your personal computer to "ensure" that you're still working. We discussed this sort of thing in our episode "Covering your webcams," in which we also covered the case of a school district that had installed camera-monitoring software on the laptops they sent home with students. Another common case of remote-monitoring spyware is for so-called "online proctored" exams: schools and colleges are often requiring students to install software that both watches their activity on the computer and watches them by webcam. In the episode, we suggested that - if possible - we'd try to get a work-owned or school-owned laptop …