With most people working from home due to the lockdown, video conferencing app Zoom has become immensely popular as employees look at a simple platform to collaborate with their team members. Zoom is one of the top apps under the free section of Google Play in India. The app recently surpassed popular apps like TikTok, WhatsApp and has more than 50 million downloads. Despite the popularity, experts suggest that people should stop using Zomm altogether due to serious privacy concerns. Here are 10 reasons to use or not to use the Zoom app for video conferencing during the lockdown.
To use: Zoom is a free HD video conferencing app for up to 100 attendees
The free version of the Zoom app enables users to add up to 100 participants in a call. Users can also enjoy unlimited 1-to-1 meetings and 40 minutes of group callings.
To use: It’s easy to use and has a simple interface. You don’t need to login to attend a meeting
Apart from professional meetings, people are also using the video conferencing app for their things. For instance, people are hosting birthday parties on Zoom during the lockdown.
To use: It’s popular and everyone is using it. So, new members can join meetings easily
To not use: Recently, it was found that Zoom may be leaking personal emails and photos
The Zoom app had an issue with its ‘Company Directory’ setting that may have leaked user emails and photos.
To not use: Zoom had falsely claimed that they offer end-to-end encryption
Zoom meetings aren’t end-to-end encrypted as claimed by the company. The security features of the Zoom app are similar to using the web over HTTPS. While the connection is secured the video calls can be decrypted by a third party.
To not use: Due to privacy concerns, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has banned Zoom
To not use: Zoombombing is the latest online harassment that Zoom users are facing
“Zoomraiding” or “Zoombombing” has emerged as a new type of online harassment in which hate speech, pornography or other inappropriate content is suddenly flashed by disrupting a video call on Zoom.
To not use: Zoom was reportedly caught sending data to Facebook secretly
Reports claimed that Zoom was quietly sending data to Facebook about Zoom user’s behavior and habits even if they were not Facebook users.
To not use: Zoom ‘attendee tracking’ feature is a major privacy concern
To not use: Zoom for Apple MacBook had a major privacy flaw
The Apple MacBook client for Zoom reportedly allowed hackers to activate the camera after a Zoom call was over.
(With inputs from gadgets now)