Zoom, the video conference app most people know and use since the coronavirus outbreak, has been plagued with security issues. Today, we're going to take a hard look at those issues and see what else you can use instead.
Although Zoom is well known and used by many, it's surely not the only video conferencing app. It would be best if you thought twice about sticking with Zoom for the following reasons.
1. Zoom Collects and Shares Large Amounts of Data
You might be surprised by Zoom's data collection policies if you haven't taken the time to review them. They collect and share email addresses, as well as information uploaded during video conferences and chats.
It's even worse if you signed up for Zoom through your Facebook or Google account, which gives Zoom access to any data collected by those companies.
2. E2E Encryption Disabled by Default
Although Zoom offers a form of end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for your meetings, it isn't enabled by default. Unless you enable it, your conference will only utilize Zoom's "enhanced encryption," a much less secure protocol.
You can enable E2EE in your account settings, but you must also enter and confirm your billing information—even if E2EE is free. Additionally, enabling E2EE will block Zoom's in-conference features. Other services are not so strict.