Either for working from home or catching up with friends and family during the lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19 around the world, this video conferencing app Zoom Cloud Meetings, also known as Zoom, has been helpful and liked by many users for its features, stability, and ease of use.
Its growth in usage has been tremendous when most people are needed to stay at home. As claimed by Zoom, the maximum number of daily meeting participants conducted on Zoom was around 10 million at the end of December last year, and it recorded more than 200 million daily meeting participants in March this year.
Besides available as an Android app that has reached more than 100 million installs from the Play store, Zoom is also accessible through a web browser and across multiple platforms including Windows, macOS, iOS and Linux.
Zoom is free for use in a basic plan with rich and generous features that allow you to host up to 100 participants with unlimited 1-to-1 meetings, or 40 minutes limit on group meetings. The paid-for plans allow for large group meetings with longer duration and advanced features.
Despite the popularity, Zoom has been drawing attention from researchers to its potential privacy and security issues. One of the widely known security issues facing Zoom is the surge in "Zoombombing", which allows an unwanted participant to break into and disrupt a meeting.
Zoom has been quick to respond and taken steps to solve some issues, such as addressing Zoombombing by releasing additional controls with password settings for meetings and webinars. In a blog post, Zoom Founder Eric Yuan issued a message to the users to share what they have done so far and what they are committed to dedicating the resources to address and fix the issues.
Use Zoom with care and learn more about its privacy and security for video and voice communications.
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