The Amrican based Tech Giant “Alphabet Inc” popularly known as Google on Wednesday 8th April 2020 banned all it employees from using the faster growing video conferencing software application – Zoom on all their company computers. BuzzFeed reported and Business Insider has confirmed.
As the whole world is on tension to keep social distance during this crisis of Covid-19, Zoom became a preferred video conferencing application to help individuals keep connected to their loved ones, hold meetings and chat. However, the alleged security vulnerabilities in it are pushing it in a spotlight to be dropped by bigger companies, governments and many other individuals who are extra concerned about the information security.
Google sent an email to all the employees with the Zoom app on their computers and informed them that the app will stop working this week, citing “security vulnerabilities.”
Well, Google has its own video conferencing app called Meet, a direct competitor to Zoom. This can be a driving factor by Google to avert the booming app from taking over the cloud video conferencing service.
“Recently, our security team informed employees using Zoom Desktop Client that it will no longer run on corporate computers as it does not meet our security standards for apps used by our employees,” Google spokesman Jose Castaneda said.
“We have for long had a policy of not allowing employees to use unapproved apps for work that are outside of our corporate network,” He added.
Zoom is facing a backlash from users worried about the lack of end-to-end encryption of meeting sessions and “zoom bombing”, where uninvited guests intrude into the meetings and disrupt them.
Employees who have been using Zoom to stay in touch with family and friends were advised to continue doing so through a web browser or via mobile.
In fact, Google isn’t the first company to ban the use of Zoom. Tesla did the same thing earlier this month and SpaceX, also over security concerns, and asked employees to resort to phone calls, emails, and texts instead.
This move comes after Taiwan told government employees not to use Zoom. Earlier, New York schools told its teachers to “gradually transition” from Zoom to another video-conferencing service. Other groups are also distancing from Zoom. Cited Zdnet.
The application’s security vulnarabilites tops an unauthorized data transmission from the app to Facebook and the routing of encryption keys through Chinese servers.
Zoom’s suffering is just beginning as it is being sued for its security problems. Microsoft, seizing on Zoom’s security woes is pushing its Teams program as the better alternative for both businesses and individuals.
However, Zoom is also not settled as it is making a step to improve the app’s security. The company has just announced today that former Facebook CSO Alex Stamos is joining Zoom team as an outside security consultant.
Further, in the threat known as “Zoom bombing,” FBI says it will prosecute people for it. Part of the reason is due to Zoom never having been designed for consumer use at this scale; the company said earlier this month that it grew from 10 million to 200 million users in the past three months.
Zoom is said to a leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars serving in sectors like education, finance , government, Healthcare.