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I am reading reports about Zoom being unsafe as a conferencing app that is widely being used now during Covid-19. Comments appreciated.
 

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I heard about it....but I don't use it. Is there a free vs paid version of Zoom. I've not looked into it.
 

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Zoom is the new fad for video conferencing. Unfortunately it took off too fast to enable proper security. Many holes. Microsoft teams is what business could use as a safer alternative.
 

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Jitsi is a distributed, free, and open-source alternative. Start your meeting here.

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Zoom can be used carefully to avoid most of the security issues. I have two accounts on Zoom: A free one that is restricted to under 40 minute sessions (for $15 you can upgrade to a Commercial - unlimited duration for one month) and a full educational license from my university. It is a well designed and effective video conferencing service that I have used to support on-line students in my classes for several years.
 

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Yes, Zoom can be hack-o-licious. In Berkeley, CA a public school class was interrupted by an adult male exposing himself to the entire class. So depending on who is trying to get "in" you can have an experience that ranges from absolute perfection, to "holy crap, you just can't underestimate how vulgar people can be." A college class was interrupted on Zoom with a hacker calling people names and just generally disrupting the class. You have to believe, this crap has to be pretty short lived though... I mean once you insult 1 person, it starts to get old real quick. Use it. or don't, your choice. Most conferences will be people chatting about their own stuff that couldn't possibly be interesting or important to someone else.
 

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Zoom had roughly 10 million subscribers before the lock-down.

Then this pandemic caused Zoom to face a sudden incredible surge to about 200 million subscribers, or more.
The security hole they had is that trolls could join other people's meeting and cause disturbances and disruptions.
Zoom claims that they have made numerous security patches to that problem, as well as other potential security holes.
I know multiple people who are using it with no issues.


I believe that the "hooligans' invasion of other people's meetings" is a thing of the past now.
 

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Zoom is the new fad for video conferencing. Unfortunately it took off too fast to enable proper security. Many holes. Microsoft teams is what business could use as a safer alternative.
I echo with Corday....

Go with Teams, Jabber, Skype/Lync, Hangout or Zoho... Teams has been the best in my experience..
 

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also heard about zoom being unsafe
we use it for work calls, and I asked my colleagues - why?
they say there wasn't a good alternative, so zoom is the best solution.
well... I have a sticker put on my web camera
 

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Hi everyone!
I am subscribed to a lot of security-related channels and not long ago almost every day I saw news about security fails made by Zoom developers in all of those channels :) 2 days ago it turned out that Zoom allows to bruteforce the password with no restrictions. Everyone makes mistakes but that is too much in my opinion. Mozilla specialists examined Zoom and they also came to conclusion that the app is unsafe and did not recommend to use it. For video call I prefer Facetime or Discord. It seems that Zoom developers don't know even the most simple things about security. It is shocking taking into account the number of Zoom users.
to add: It wasn't a matter of choice at the time, it was what our school district was using to connect our kids while out of school.
 

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It wasn't a matter of choice at the time, it was what our school district was using to connect our kids while out of school.
And for many, it's still not. Given what Zoom is being used for, for the most part, the panic over its security flaws is, to me, grossly overblown.

There are lots of security issues, and not just with Zoom, that are being uncovered as systems never intended to handle the volume they're now handling, or get the exponential increase in numbers they've gotten, are being stressed in ways their own developers could not have imagined.

There are limited time and resources, no matter how many bodies you have in the development shop, to fix things as they're identified. Eventually, they get fixed (or, if they don't, the maker suffers the consequences).
 
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