O2C vs Zoom
Zoom information summarized from an article published Nov 2020.
How secure is zoom video conferencing?
- Zoom-Bombing: Yes, Zoom-bombing is a thing. Much like photo-bombing, which sees people insert themselves into unsuspecting people’s snaps, Zoom-bombing refers to the practice of users logging into Zoom calls that they were not invited to.
- Unsecure Desktop Apps: If you want to use Zoom on a desktop machine, you have two options: the desktop app or the web app. You should always use the web browser version; this gets new security enhancements much faster than the desktop app.
- False End-to-End Encryption Claims: At the start of 2020, Zoom heavily advertised its end-to-end encryption as a key feature. In theory, that means that all communications between you and the other people in your chat would only be visible to those parties; nobody could decrypt them. The claims were quickly shown to be false. Data was encrypted, but only between you and the Zoom servers. While that means that snoopers and local hackers on your public Wi-Fi network would not be able to see your calls, Zoom employees could see everything. Therefore, if a government or law enforcement agency were to request access to your chats, they could easily get them.
- Installers with Bundled Malware: The Zoom installer has been widely copied and redistributed. Many of those redistributions had malware bundled in with the installer in an attempt to trick unsuspecting users. The most famous example is the cryptocurrency-mining malware that was found in Zoom installers in April 2020. If installed, it would eat through your CPU and GPU in a bid to mine Bitcoin, leaving you with little free power to do anything else on your machine.
- Endless Security Flaws: Zoom has a long list of security flaws. Many of them have now been fixed, but it raises the question of how much more undiscovered vulnerability are still available for hackers to exploit. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the most headline-worthy Zoom flaws and security breaches in 2020 alone:
- In June, Talos revealed that a hacker could force malware installations via the Zoom app using an animated GIF.
- In the same month, Talos learned Zoom did not scan the contents of compressed files for malware.
- In May, Trend Micro found two instances of corrupt Zoom installers that could open up backdoor access to a PC and spy on its owner. One of them involved a botnet.
- Consumer Reports said Zoom’s privacy policies exposed users to all kinds of shady data collection. “[Zoom] can collect data while you’re in a videoconference, combine it with information from data brokers and other sources to build consumer profiles, and potentially tap into the videos for purposes like training facial recognition systems,” the report said.
- Twitter users discovered private chats on Zoom were not really private at all. Instead, “private” conversations were appended to the transcript that hosts receive at the end of a meeting.
- In April, Citizen Lab found that meeting attendees in a Zoom waiting room could still get the meeting’s encryption key by using a hack.
- Also in April, Insights discovered that 500,000 stolen Zoom passwords were up for sale on the dark web after hackers used a technique called credential stuffing.
How One2Connect outperforms Zoom:
- Dolby HD Audio & Video quality
- Simultaneous screen share with webcams
- Support for 12 external and 16 internal webcams during meetings
- Simple, intuitive UI backed by user testing (95% success rate vs. Zoom at 47%, 0% failure rate vs. Zoom at 33%)
- Instant screen sharing (WebRTC-based, quick download only the first time on desktop)
- Video Room Connector (Pexip integration)
- File presentation & storage, multi-task widget
- Consistent, full-featured experience across browser, desktop app and devices
- Superior clear and consistent audio quality globally
- Comprehensive global coverage, service in 60+ countries, dial-out in 100 countries, 160+ local access points
- All-inclusive competitive pricing bundles with all features included for a predictable spend vs. tiered pricing by features with expensive add-ons
- No extra charges for Call Me (VoIP and Toll included)
- 125 participants vs. 100 participants (Pro & Business plans)
- Less expensive toll-free options with more global coverage
- No extra charges for cloud recording storage vs. starting at $40/mo
- 20+ year heritage as a trusted collaboration leader
- 99% Customer Satisfaction Rate