Enemy of the [Surveillance] State

09 - Zoom is a Privacy Nightmare: Avoid it Like the Plague!

April 15, 2020

This week, I discuss video-conferencing apps and the risks associated with them. With more and more people working and schooling from home and depending on video-conferencing, protecting privacy should not take a back seat. I address reports that Zoom has compromised users, alternatives to Zoom, and more.


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The sound clip at the beginning was from a YouTube video by College Humor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djznlxQyIZk

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Articles cited in this episode:

Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2020/04/03/warning-zoom-sends-encryption-keys-to-china-sometimes/#573b006d3fd9

ZDNET https://www.zdnet.com/article/zoom-concedes-custom-encryption-is-sub-standard-as-citizen-lab-pokes-holes-in-it/

The Intercept https://theintercept.com/2020/04/03/zooms-encryption-is-not-suited-for-secrets-and-has-surprising-links-to-china-researchers-discover/

Bleeping Computer https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/over-500-000-zoom-accounts-sold-on-hacker-forums-the-dark-web/

My recommendation (at least for now) as a replacement for Zoom: https://meet.jit.si

It is open-source, e2e encrypted, and simple to use. No one can steal your login, because you don’t need one. You just create a meeting and use it. There is no need to install anything, either. It runs in the browser. There is an iPhone app and an Android app, for convenience, too.

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