I get it, Zoom isn’t a perfect platform. There is (was) data sharing with Facebook, zoom bombing, Mac security flaw, and a couple of others.
So, organizations and governments have responded in the easiest way that was available to them. They banned Zoom (here, here, and here). Great, but what’s the alternative?
“Teachers, teach classes online, but we’re banning Zoom, so, tough luck.”
The Zoom team has since responded with patching most if not all of these security flaws and have given its users more and easier control over their security settings. There is now a mandatory password setting, default waiting rooms, and a new button for easier access to security settings. All of this while scaling about 20 times from 10 million daily users to 200 million (source).
As a teacher who is required to have full-scheduled live classes, I have been lucky that my administration has not taken any drastic steps like banning Zoom for the entire school.
Instead, we had training for teachers (facilitated by me) that outlined security measures that need to be taken to protect meetings and student privacy.
I have my share of beef with Google Meet, specifically with how they are responding to the slew of feature requests. Users now have to rely on homemade chrome extensions which could have security flaws in themselves because they are developed by individuals, not teams with budgets. Google responded by adding a Meet button to Classroom. Thanks, Google!
Of course, there is other software like Cisco WebEx, Adobe Connect, and others, but these are not suitable for education for a number of reasons which I won’t go into in this blog post.
In times like these, it’s easy to fall prey to herd mentality and clickbait.
Let’s all take a deep breath and think before making quick judgments and hasty decisions.