Why you shouldn't use Zoom App

Coronavirus quarantine Blog Post #5


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Zoom is a conferencing services company. It provides a remote conferencing service that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration.


Some reasons why you should NOT use Zoom.


Vulnerability:


Zoom is not very secure.  If someone is experienced enough to know their way around certain databases, they can enter the Zoom Database and view ongoing meetings and calls, and join a meeting.  Hackers can also view the zoom meeting password, ID, and Invite Link.  Zoom is also not currently fully stable, meaning you could find a simple glitch and take advantage of it.  For example, you could find a simple glitch in the settings menu that says Settings, and then Kick, and then you can kick a user from the meeting (this glitch does not exist, but several other glitches have been found).  Other information like your IP Address (which can be used to find your coordinates and home address, and can be used to shut down your WiFi) can be exposed to hackers easily.  Issues have been reported where people have joined school meetings on zoom and started messing around and saying inappropriate stuff.  Zoom also claims that they provide end to end encryption for any online meetings hosted at zoom, but a zoom team member later posted this:


Currently, it is not possible to enable end-to-end encryption for Zoom video meetings.


 That seems kind of suspicious, aside from the fact that it is proven that they do not provide end to end encryption, one of zooms own team members said they do not provide end to end encryption for video calls.  There is also a very high chance that online bots also known as AI could be capturing your face every second you are on zoom for facial recognition, so when you use any other app on the internet involving video, AI will know it's you, and they will continue to track you.  Zoom also stores your information like your IP Address (again could be used to find your exact coordinates and/or address) permanently.  If not permanently, a long time.  Issues with being able to access a persons computer remotely through the zoom launcher, giving people access to spy on people through their microphone, webcam, and more have been reported, and this issue is still not fully fixed as of April 9th 2020.  If this security issue existed (which it has), who knows what other security issues zoom has that just has not been discovered yet.  The FBI has also warned people about zoom.  A screenshot is provided below:




The FBI says two schools in Massachusetts that use Zoom were hacked with one hijacker yelling profanity and another displaying swastika tattoos.  Everyone knows google tracks you, but Google Hangouts is definitely more secure than Zoom.