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Zoom Alternative For A More Secure Business Videoconferencing.

Zoom has been in the subject of a security breach lately when security researchers found a few zero-day vulnerabilities ever since the videoconferencing platform gained massive traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, last week, The Washington Post found that videos recorded through Zoom’s software were saved onto a separate online storage space without a password. And because Zoom uses a standard naming convention for every video recording, a simple online search revealed a stream of videos available for anyone to watch, download, or use for exploitation.

If your enterprise demands a more secure video collaboration system than Zoom seems to provide, you may want to take a look at these options.

Group FaceTime

If your company is in the Apple ecosystem, you can leverage the use of Apple’s group facetime. It supports up to 30 callers and has some intelligent features, such as placing the window belonging to the person currently speaking at the front. It’s also highly secure with end-to-end encryption as Apple claims that they emphasis on security more than others.

The only downside to Group Facetime is that it does not support cross-platform. In other words, Group Facetime will not support other devices that are not apart of Apple’s ecosystem.

Skype

Skype has brought in a new type of video call whereby no one has to sign up for an account to join the chat, in a similar convenient vein to Zoom, except in the case of Skype, not even the host needs to sign up for the service, or install anything. Microsoft is really trying to take the moment to make use of skype.

Skype has been the go-to platform for one-on-one conversations since the beta was released in 2003. Its Meet Now feature (which is accessed by choosing the “Meet Now” button on the left side of the app) allows videoconferencing; according to the website, the maximum number of participants can vary, depending on your platform and device

Google Hangouts Meet

Hangouts Meet and Zoom are pretty similar. They both have collaboration tools, including share screen and breakout rooms, and both support call-ins. The big difference is with the overall price and the max number of participants that can join a meeting.

Google Hangouts Meet is a featured program available to anyone with a G Suite account. This program lets you connect with others via audio or video through your computer’s web browser, or through the Meet app. Launching your meeting is really straight forward and invites are sent through email. You can easily tap into your Gmail contact list to invite colleagues to join you, or add contacts directly through Hangouts Meet. If recipients have a Google account, the meeting is automatically added to their calendar and reminders set.

Cisco Webex

Webex is a videoconferencing app that has been around since the ‘90s; it was acquired by Cisco in 2007. While it’s been mainly known as a business application and continues to focus on serving companies, it does have a fairly generous free version that’s worth checking out

Cisco recently reported that the traffic in it’s Webex solution within China has increased by 22 times since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. At the same time, the solution has seen up to five times as many users across South Korea, Singapore, and Japan.

To respond to the growing demand, Cisco has expanded the capabilities on its free offer in all countries where the technology is available. The updated free version now includes support for up to 100 participants, as well as unlimited usage with no time restrictions. There’s also toll dial-in available, in addition to existing VoIP capabilities. Additionally, Cisco is working closely with partners to offer free 90-day licenses to businesses that aren’t already Webex customers in the current environment.

There is a wide range of other Zoom alternatives out there, let us know what you use often in the comment section below.

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