Not many of us has heard of Zoom until this year. Now Zoom, a video conferencing
platform, has become part of our everyday vocabulary.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have used Zoom to stay virtually
connected. “Daily downloads of the Zoom app have increased 30x
year-over-year and the app has been the top free app for iPhones in the United
States since March 18, according to Bernstein Research
and Apptopia.” Zoom has gone from an average of 10 million daily users to 200
million daily users, according to Reuters.
However, nothing is picture perfect. There has been ongoing criticism about
Zoom, making this simple, video conferencing service more
perilous for users.
Security researchers have identified Zoom as a “privacy disaster.” The media has
created the term "Zoombombing” to highlight several
incidents of hackers infiltrating Zoom meetings to shout racial slurs and other
forms of harassment. Zoom’s vulnerability is worrisome.
How can you prevent unwanted guests? Zoom doesn’t offer encrypted video
conferencing, and consequently meetings can be accessed easily
by anyone who has a hidden agenda.
This year wasn’t the first time the CEO of Zoom, Eric Yuan, faced adversity. Last
year, hackers were able to turn on a user’s webcam without
him/her knowing. Furthermore, hackers were able to sharescreen without users’
acknowledgement to share offensive images, such as pornography
to children, family and businesses. These privacy breaches have made Zoom not a
trustworthy platform. The FBI is currently investigating these
incidents, along with more than 240 reports of a Zoom participant broadcasting
child sexual abuse material. Zoom has become a danger to society.
From March to June 2020, Zoom was the most utilized tool for preschoolers to
college aged students to continue their education remotely. Zoom held
online classes where students can still hear their teachers’ instructions. In
mid-March, 1.1 million NYC public school children moved to remote
learning overnight. Shortly afterwards, the NYC Department of Education (DOE)
banned its teachers from using Zoom to teach virtually due to safety
and privacy concerns. By May, the DOE has reversed its ban on Zoom. But, as an
educator, I still find it uncomfortable to use Zoom to interact
with parents and students, it’s not trustworthy.
Covid-19 cases has continued to rise in the US, Zoom is still much needed now
more than ever in every community as we sustain socially distance practices.
Many online apps are vulnerable to hacking. Zoom’s flaw derives from requiring
clients to download its most updated software. Falcn Lab can create video and
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