What is Zoom Meeting app, How does it work - is it Safe ? - NextGen

What is Zoom Meeting app, How does it work - is it Safe ?

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Zoom is now the most popular video conferencing app as due to the COVID-19 outbreak huge number of people work from home. It's estimated that the company has added 2.22 million monthly active user so far in 2020, while in all of 2019 it had 1.99 million users.

The  privacy and security related issues are of so much concern that the U.S attorney general is looking into its practices. Meanwhile Zoom is facing a class action lawsuit after it emerged that the firm was sharing data with Facebook as reported in news.

What is the Zoom Cloud Meeting App

Zoom is a cloud based Video Conferencing software platform which allows users to meet and work together productively face to face when meeting in-person is not possible. here i s a quick guide for those who haven't tried Zoom yet.While one-to-one conversions can go as long as you want , any group call on Zoom are restricted to 40 minutes. However if you want to have a longer conversation you can buy Zoom's Pro plan which costs $14.99 a month.

How to get started using Zoom


  1. If you want to register through web service go to the Sign up page of Zoom . To register through mobile download the Zoom app for Android / iOS and click on "Sign up" . Enter your work email address or you can sign in with google or Facebook. .
  2. If you entered an email , Zoom will send an activation email to that address. Click the "Activate Account" button in the email or copy and paste the activation URL into your browser to activate your account.
  3. On the page that opens in browser set your password.
  4. On the next page you will be asked to invite the users who want to join your meeting. Also You can skip this step.
  5. Next, you'll be given a link to your personal meeting URL and will have the option to click on "Start Meeting Now" button to start a testing meeting. If you click the button you should be prompted to download the Zoom app for desktop. Follow the prompts to install the app.In case of mobile you will be directed to the Zoom app which is installed.
  6. After you have installed you will have two options to "Join a meeting" or "Sign in".To start your test meeting click "Sign in".
  7. Enter your email address and password to sign in or you can sign in using Google or Facebook. 
  8. Once you are logged in make sure you're at the home page and then click on the "New Meeting". Your meeting will start.






Zoom app in mobile


How to Invite people people to your Zoom Meeting
  • If you are using desktop or mobile app click or tap the Meetings Tab
  • On the desktop app click on the "Copy invitation" button on the screen, a message with your Zoom Meeting's URL id will be copied so hat you can message via text or email
  • On the mobile app , when you tap the "Send Invitation" button three options will be available "Send message" to send Zoom meeting details over text.  
Join a meeting
To join meeting go to the app click on "Join a Meeting" and enter the meeting id that has been provided to you.

PRIVACY ISSUES OF ZOOM CLOUD MEETING APP

Zoom's problem centers around Zoom's claim that it provides end-to-end encryption. But according to the report in The Intercept which claims that its misleading. A Zoom's spokesperson said 

Currently, it is not possible to enable E2E encryption for Zoom video meetings use a combination of TCP and UDP . TCP  connections are made using TLS and UDP connections are encrypted with AES using a key negotiated over a TLS connection

The encryption method that Zoom uses to protect meetings is TLS, the same technology that web servers uses to secure HTTPS websites. This means that connection between the Zoom app running on user / computer and Zoom's server is encrypted in same way between you r web browser and the article . This is known as Transport Encryption which is different from end-to-end encryption because the Zoom service can access the unencrypted video and audio contents of the Zoom meetings. So when you have Zoom meeting , the video audio content will stay private from anyone spying on your Wifi but it wont stay pivate from the company.

The FaceTime app for iOS is best suitable for video conferencing as it provides end-to-end encryption. So the iOS users can choose FaceTime app for more security.



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