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WHY ZOOM HAS SO MUCH HYPE SUDDENLY CV

WHY ZOOM HAS SO MUCH HYPE SUDDENLY CV

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APRIL, 2020

Why Zoom
Reasons to choose App
Extra capabilities                                    How to Sign Up

 

 

Simultaneous Split Screen Meeting  

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 White Board Annotation

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Video conferencing with a difference.

Why “Zoom”?

This is an all-in-one, cloud-based phone, team messaging and video conferencing tool that is easy to use.

It’s free for individual use and it’s pricing is relatively inexpensive for small to large companies. Zoom’s video communication application is a perfect fit. It has quickly grown in popularity became apparent that meetings could extend beyond the executive boardroom and into the bedroom or any other place of choice. Many schools  throughout the world (90 000 plus schools in 20 countries) have opted to use Zoom as an educational teaching medium during this time of Pandemic crises and international lock-down.

9 Reasons why people choose the Zoom video conference app.

  1. The app works for Android, PC, iOS, and Mac.
  2. They offer several plans and pricing options with a basic free plan that hosts up to 100 participants with a 40 min limit on group meetings.
  3. There are also options for Pro and Medium and Enterprise.
  4. Pro Version – for smaller teams from $15 a month per host.
  5. Business teams pricing is  ($15-$20) a month per host, includes Pro features + with a 10 host minimum
  6. Large enterprise’s/companies’ pricing is $20 a month per host, includes all business features with a 100-host minimum.
  7. You can adjust meeting times, and select multiple hosts.
  8. Up to 1,000 people can participate in a single Zoom video call.
  9. Max of 49 videos can appear on the screen at once.

The app’s other capabilities include,

Millions of people young old and old and the very old all have become new “Zoomers” taking every opportunity to meet up on the same platform with the Zoom app. The video communication application allows for multiple connections from all over the world with different hardware. There are some system requirements for zoom rooms that should be checked out first before deciding on going with the Zoom app.

Security Issues

Photograph by  Zoom.us -support

Zoom has critical security issues regarding privacy and related problems

A sudden explosion in popularity has led to the discovery of several security weaknesses that had previously gone unnoticed The software has issues and is not as robust as it was originally proclaimed. Zoom’s software shows weakness at this volume and level of communication with so many visitors at one time. Statistics show that Zoom meetings surged from 10 million in December 2019, to 200 million in March 2020. A 2000% increase in volume. Any young system would need to undergo rapid testing of its software especially around privacy. Zoom is no different. Zoom’s recent security practices have been drawing attention and there are at least three lawsuits against the company. 

Pirates are infiltrating Zoom – They “Zoomboming”

There has been a surge in “Zoombombing” activity lately. This is where hackers/ uninvited guests break into harass guests and disrupt meetings, with their own agenda, usually displaying unapproved and inappropriate content.

Zoom app’s updates urgently needed.

Recently Zoom has made an important change to its app’s interface. This new update brings additional protection against “Zoombombing”.

In a recent blog update, Zoom specified its product updates. This included a new security toolbar icon for hosts, meeting ID no longer to be displayed. It was further noted that the “New icon simplifies how hosts can quickly find and enable many of Zoom’s in-meeting security features.”

Recent News

“Google” Bans – Zoom

It quoted that a Google spokesperson said, “Google sent an email last week to all its employees about banning the app. ……  it does not meet our security standards for apps used by our employees.”

as reported by buzzfeednews.com, April 8, 2020

This recently caused the NYC Department of Education to shift away from Zoom as a tool for distance learning. The government of Taiwan also banned Zoom in official settings.

as reported by businessinsider.com, April 8, 2020

Zoom’s CEO, Eric Yuan has a 90-day plan with steps that we are going to take.

Officially formed CISO Council and Advisory Board                      Alex Stamos is a widely respected expert on cybersecurity, he joins Zoom as an Advisor

as reported by Zoom.us in their blog, April 8, 2020

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What is the difference between the Basic and Pro plans?
Zoom offers a full-featured Basic Plan for free with unlimited meetings. Try Zoom for as long as you like – there is no trial period. Your Basic plan has a 40 minutes time limit on meetings with three or more total participants. Need your group meetings to last longer than 40 minutes? Then consider the Pro, Business, Enterprise options at a price.

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