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If you're working/learning from home, think twice about using Zoom

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aceman67, Tue 07 Apr, 2020 10:35 AM
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     –  Last edited by aceman67; Tue 07 Apr, 2020 10:38 AM.
    I watch a lot of Mutahar's content (SomeOrdinaryGamers) because I find him to be straight forward, knowledgable and doesn't tolerate BS. I very much like the cut of his jib.

    With a lot of us stuck at home because of the current plague going around, Zoom has risen to prominence as a go-to application for video conferencing, and because of that, it's come under a lot of scrutiny by cyber-security firms, governments and ne'er-do-well hackers, which has revealed that their cybersecurity practices, business dealings with the Chinese Government leave much to be desired.

    I'll leave you with my boy Muta to explain it a lot better then I ever could (warning though, he can be a little NSFW, so keep the kiddies away if they're nearby)


    If you do have to use Zoom, at the very least, use a Virtual Machine like VMware Player or VirtualBox, use it only for zoom, then close it when you're done. If they start to use VM busting code or VM detection code; that's completely shady on their end and you should never use anything from them ever again.
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    #2
    Didn't trust Zoom to begin with anyway, saw this video though, it's a pretty good video.
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    #3
    Discord is being used for me, believe me - it's about as much fun as you would expect. We've had numerous issues with people being reported as absent because they weren't in a specific discord server. (I'm in three just for my course..)

    I was in another college's discord but Three got me banned from that.

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    Didn't trust Zoom to begin with anyway, saw this video though, it's a pretty good video.
    The two things that stuck out the most for me was the false claim that they used End-2-End encryption (using server-side generated keys instead of user-generated keys and storing those keys remotely, some on Chinese servers no less, instead of locally on users machines) and the fact that the OSX installer fakes a System Administrator Prompt in a manner that nearly all OSX malware/viruses do.

    Pretty shady stuff.
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    I was in another college's discord but Three got me banned from that.
    To be fair, their teacher was absent, and there was no learning going on!
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    To be fair, their teacher was absent, and there was no learning going on!
    Poor Subeen.

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    I was FORCED to use this yesterday for an assessment with my Psychiatrist or have to pay $100 for another appointment and $100 for cancelling it.

    And I heard all about the problems/issues and I was very not comfortable using it, ESP when I saw that the password he had set for the meeting was literally ABC, oh and when I voiced my concerns, they basically said it was all FAKE NEWS.
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    As I have mentioned before, I am heading my company's department of Cyber Security and this came to my attention last week as well. Luckily we don't use Zoom and have company-wide blocked all chat and video-chat applications not specifically approved by IT. So no problem for us, but hoh boy... I wouldn't want to be responsible for security or data protection over there, especially once the GDPR complaints from us EU companies/citizens start arriving...
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    Especially since they were caught sending user info to Facebook with our notifying in the TOS?
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