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#269709 3-Apr-2020 15:59
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Zoom's popularity has obviously grown substantially in the last few weeks. However, there have been numerous recent security issues with Zoom that have been found and discussed (i.e., https://www.wired.com/story/zoom-backlash-zero-days/). 

 

These security issues aren't purely theoretical: Today I had a case where Zoom had been locally modified to deploy a man-in-the-middle attack. This was for a  technical user on MacOS and were lucky that they noticed the certificate mismatch error.

 

The GCSB have updated their guidelines for the use of Zoom https://www.ncsc.govt.nz/newsroom/zoom-security-advice-for-public-servants/ but these guidelines possibly don't go far enough given that there are exploits out in the wild and potential root access.


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  #2453902 3-Apr-2020 16:01
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I am wondering why more aren't using facetime , which allows for multiple video chat windows too. Also doesn't skype do this which is cross platform?


 
 
 

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  #2453921 3-Apr-2020 16:27
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mattwnz:

 

I am wondering why more aren't using facetime , which allows for multiple video chat windows too. Also doesn't skype do this which is cross platform?

 

 

My wife's been using Zoom for her work and it just seems to work fine out of the box.  Shes going to try Skype  but after spending hours trying to get someone setup  remotely I'm not too sure. 





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  #2453926 3-Apr-2020 16:35
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old3eyes:

 

mattwnz:

 

I am wondering why more aren't using facetime , which allows for multiple video chat windows too. Also doesn't skype do this which is cross platform?

 

 

My wife's been using Zoom for her work and it just seems to work fine out of the box.  Shes going to try Skype  but after spending hours trying to get someone setup  remotely I'm not too sure. 

 

 

Skype can be a bit of a hassle. But most people who work seem to have an ios device, whether it is an ipad or iphone or ipod, and facetime is free for as long as you want to use. it




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I had a random person pop into our zoom meeting yesterday, as I was teaching programming I said he could sit in if he wanted to, but he quickly got bored and started taking his clothes off. ... Right click, Remove finished him.

 

I had turned off passwords as I didn't want to complicate things for my students, but it turns out with them on the pw's are sent in the url, so the user doesn't have to do anything more. Just click the link like normal. Our IT guy locked the option in zoom so they are on permanently,  

 

 

 

Zoom is such an awesome product, our staff meetings had 96 people/connections on it. It ran well well, you never noticed it. Skype, was a dog to use by comparison. It also saves meetings automatically to the cloud, which the last one was 1gig, and students can then just rewatch at their leisure.


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mattwnz:

 

I am wondering why more aren't using facetime , which allows for multiple video chat windows too. Also doesn't skype do this which is cross platform?

 

 

 

 

Facetime is an Apple specific platform. No good if you're on Windows, Linux and android.





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  #2453948 3-Apr-2020 16:56
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mattwnz:

 

Skype can be a bit of a hassle. But most people who work seem to have an ios device, whether it is an ipad or iphone or ipod, and facetime is free for as long as you want to use. it

 

 

Maybe in your world, but iOS is not that common in my work circle. Facetime is useless to the likes of me and those I work with.





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  #2453956 3-Apr-2020 17:02
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We use BlueJeans at our work

 

 

 

https://www.bluejeans.com/

 

 

 

Works really well but the best part are these Dolby voice devices that we have in our meetings rooms (not much use now I know). These devices are absolutely brilliant for meeting room set-ups.

 

https://www.bluejeans.com/products/rooms

 

 

 

 




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We also use BlueJeans for work, works well on Android/IOS/Mac/Windows/Linux.





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  #2453969 3-Apr-2020 17:21
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Microsoft Teams is multiplatform

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  #2453972 3-Apr-2020 17:25
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mattwnz: But most people who work seem to have an ios device

I think your sampling may be skewed.

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  #2453975 3-Apr-2020 17:32
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mattwnz:

 

snip..............

 

But most people who work seem to have an ios device, whether it is an ipad or iphone or ipod, and facetime is free for as long as you want to use. it

 

 

You are clearly living in a bubble, this is so not so.

 

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Zoom has great features, is user friendly, and has plenty of security features (if you turn them on).

 

It was conceived as an enterprise tool and it has some useful enterprise-grade features too.

 

They've got a history of not doing so well when it comes to the detail - like their app privacy leaks.

 

At the end of the day if you use a cloud service you have to trust your cloud vendor.

 

I know plenty who've been using Zoom for years and it's working for them.  It has the advantage of having a readily-accessible free-tier which lets enterprise and non-enterprise interact, and you can also have free-tier users within an enterprise construct readily enough. This makes it simple and straightforward to set up and centrally manage.

 

Classic Skype seems to be suffering from lack of investment.

 

I wont' look at anything that's platform-proprietary (read: Facetime) but have also had some luck with Hangouts and Google Meet personally.

 

In the enterprise, everything's heading toward Teams for those working within a Microsoft ecosystem.





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openmedia:

 

mattwnz:

 

I am wondering why more aren't using facetime , which allows for multiple video chat windows too. Also doesn't skype do this which is cross platform?

 

 

 

 

Facetime is an Apple specific platform. No good if you're on Windows, Linux and android.

 

 

 

 

It is,  but many have multiple devices on multiple platform. I use Windows, Linux, android and ios devices. Windows is rubbish I have found for videos, unless you also have a good webcam, and the cams on many laptops aren't great compared to ipads or most phones.My grandma uses ios and windows, so many people don't just stick to one platform. My point was more that facetime is free, and already installed on these devices, and if someone doesn't already have an ipad, they would know someone who has one. eg Children and older people tend to be big users.


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frankv:
mattwnz: But most people who work seem to have an ios device

I think your sampling may be skewed.

 

Personally  I don't know anyone that works, who doesn't have an ipad, or an iphone, or an ipod, even an older generation one, or their children has one,  that could use facetime. AT least for personal use.  In terms of tablets, ipads are the gold standard for the lower cost consumption tablet, and reasonably cheap, and apple doesn't really have a competitor in that market, as android tablets are now not really much of a thing, due to the lack of proper tablet apps for it..


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Technofreak:

 

mattwnz:

 

Skype can be a bit of a hassle. But most people who work seem to have an ios device, whether it is an ipad or iphone or ipod, and facetime is free for as long as you want to use. it

 

 

Maybe in your world, but iOS is not that common in my work circle. Facetime is useless to the likes of me and those I work with.

 

 

 

 

I guess it does depend on the hardware your specific work circle and workplace uses. I am guessing some work places require their staff use work devices, rather than their own personal devices as well.


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