Zoom Meetings – Video Conferencing
Zoom is a video-conferencing service that enables large groups of people to ‘meet’ online. Some of your teachers may use Zoom instead of Teams for ‘face-to-face’ meetings.
Zoom is similar to Microsoft Teams Meetings, or Google hangouts Meet, but currently Zoom offers a number of features that these others services don’t support (yet) that make it attractive for educators, e.g. the ability to see 25 participants at once (Teams Meetings are limited to 9, and Hangout Meets are limited to 16)
Note: You do not need to create a Zoom account to join your teacher’s Zoom meetings (you only need an account to host meetings)
Addressing Concerns About Zoom Security Issues
You may have read something in the media about Zoom having security issues. This was ceratainly the case; Zoom was developed to be the fastest, easiest-to-use video-conferencing application, and it seems the developers prioritised these things over security. However, since the COVID-19 crisis began, Zoom has become massively more popular. This popularity has placed in the ‘spotlight’ for security researchers who have publicised the many flaws they discovered. The media has picked up on there stories, whereas before they didn’t really care about what was just a business application.
This intense security focus and the resulting bad press has forced Zoom to rush to fix their security issues, and for the most part they have done so: calls are now encrypted with stronger encryption, meetings are password-protected by default, ‘Zoom bombing’ meetings is now pretty much impossible. No doubt, unless it want’s to risk losing the huge market share it has gained, Zoom will be forced to continue fixing issues as they arise, making it more secure.
For now, we are happy that using Zoom does not pose a significant risk your privacy.
Please read this article to find out more about Zoom’s security issues and its recent fixes.