How Zoom is Addressing Security Issues

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Teresa Lee
05/15/2020

With people remotely working from home after the COVID-19 eruption, many companies have been taking secondary measures to stay connected with their coworkers by sourcing Zoom. In fact, Zoom reported that their daily meeting participants on the platform surged from 10 million in December to 200 million in March, and 300 million in April.

However, with the surge of people using the platform, it raised security breach concerns. Unfortunately, some people are taking this as an opportunity to jump into public Zoom calls and using the platform’s screen-sharing feature, forcing hosts to shut down their events. This raised concerns that calls that are not set to private or password-protected can be accessed by anyone who inputs the nine to eleven digit meeting code, and researchers have shown how valid meeting codes could easily be identified.

CEO Eric Yuan addressed that the firm would stop adding new features to Zoom so it can devote its resources to addressing issues like "Zoombombing," which is when uninvited attendees enter your meeting. Zoom now made an addition to its feature where you can report abusive Zoom users, which can be now found in the app's new security settings menu.

Despite there are many issues underlying behind video-conferencing, a handful of others are getting creative to add some “fun” in these pressing times. For instance, Zoom's virtual background feature allows users to display a picture or video behind their head. Some companies have been taking this as an advantage to showcase their companies’ values by designing personalized backgrounds. For Instance, Airbnb have released several stunning virtual views ranging from Balian treehouses to an oceanfront cottage in Havana. These stellar Airbnb spaces are free to download enabling people to have some scenery changes in the comfort of their homes.

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