Why has the video conferencing platform Zoom become so
popular during the COVID-19 pandemic? Other than the fact that so many are at home working or attending classes online or needing to connect with family, likely it is because of Zoom’s ease of use and feature rich basic plan. Some basic plan features include the ability to host up to 100 hundred participants for up to 40 minutes or 1 to 1 meetings for an unlimited
time and unlimited number of meetings.Video conferencing features include HD video, HD voice, active speaker view, full screen and gallery view, simultaneous screen share, virtual background. Some Web conferencing features include desktop and application sharing
white boarding and MP4 and M4A recording to name a few.
Zoom has been criticised recently for what has been called zoom bombing where uninvited individuals have interrupted some Zoom meetings. As a result, Zoom has recently upgraded some of it’s security features.
One of the changes includes the requirement to have a password
when sending out meeting invites. As well, Zoom iDs are not displayed in the toolbar any longer. Zoom uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption and AES 256 encryption.
There are quite a few zoom alternatives. Google has renamed Google Hangouts to Google Meet and is making premium features free and available to all G Suite and education customers until the end of September, which allows for the ability to host larger meetings up to 250 participants or to live stream up to 100,000 viewers. As well, there is FaceTime Microsoft Teams, WebinarJam, GotoMeeting to name a few. It is certainly
worth checking out a few options to find the best fit for your circumstance during these times.