It seems like everyone has been zooming since COVID-19 stay at home orders began, but Zoom has major security flaws.
Zoombombing, where someone uninvited intrudes and disrupts a meeting with often inappropriate content, has even occurred during funerals that were on Zoom. It’s too easy to randomly guess Zoom meeting access codes or find them on the web.
DDF member Yehuda57 started a campaign to get people to stop using Zoom due to those problems that plague the platform.
Even kids are nervous about Zoom 😉
My 16-year-old just now, with the best how-the-pandemic-will-change-society insight I've heard yet:
"We'll never get off school for snow days anymore, now that they have Zoom."
— Jeff Jacoby (@Jeff_Jacoby) May 5, 2020
Google Meet was previously restricted to paid business users, but Google has now made it free for everyone!
You can even setup an event in Google Calendar with Google Meet and then everyone can join the video meeting right from their calendar alert:
I tried Google Meet out briefly on the web browser and on Android and it seems excellent!
- You need to login to a Google account to use it, so it’s much more secure than Zoom.
- You can invite people to the meeting, or you can share a secure link and admit them into the meeting.
- Free meetings can host up to 100 people and will have no time limit through 9/30. After that there will be a 1 hour time limit.
- It works great from modern web browsers with no plugins needed.
- Meeting codes are complex and can’t be guessed.
- Streaming quality will work better, even with low bandwidth.
- Meet video meetings are encrypted in transit.
- Google is promising not to use Meet data for advertising.
Will you ditch Zoom for Google Meet?