Several articles were published since late March about how the suddenly ubiquitous Zoom platform has some security flaws.   Luckily, many of these can be averted using the right settings.  Also, Zoom announced in the first days of April that now all developers are working on fixing all the known issues. In fact, some of the issues have already been fixed, with more to come in the coming weeks.

Here are some knows issues and how they can be averted / or how they have been fixed

Zoom bombing‘ is a practice where publicly accessible Zoom meetings have been used by uninvited guests who shared their screen, showing political messages or pornography.   This is very easy to avoid:  links to all Zoom webinars and meetings as parts of BP20 Online Translation Conference will never be published in publicly accessible websites.  Instead, these links will be uploaded to our event app just a few hours before the starting times.  You will be advised not to share these links with anyone.  Also, an automated warning system will be in place where the admin receives a notification when any attempt is made by an unauthorized user to register to any of the webinars or meetings.  As an added layer of security, we may also use passwords for each webinars. In this case these will be available in the app or sent by email to all registered attendees.

Zoom’s Mac installer reportedly included some security flaws, but Zoom has already fixed this.

Another frequent complaint was that Zoom sends data to Facebook that FB uses to target ads to the user.  Reportedly this has also been fixed by now.  To be on the safe side though, it’s a good idea to log in to Zoom using your email and a password, as opposed to using your Facebook or Google account.

Also, several thousands of recorded Zoom sessions leaked into the public domain. Apparently this  is easy to avoid by renaming the recorded videos.  At BP20 Online Translation Conference we plan to record the conference sessions (webinars), but not the meetings nor the masterclasses.  Webinars will be recorded on the admin’s external hard drive (i.e. not in the ‘cloud’), and will be renamed immediately after recording.  Recorded sessions will be made available for BP20 online attendees for about 1 month after the live event, and later they be uploaded to BP’s Vimeo channel (i.e. the ‘BP Video Library’).

During the webinars some attendees will be promoted to ‘panelists’, i.e. their camera views will be displayed on the top of the Zoom screen, as if they were in the ‘front row’ in an actual meeting room.  Panelists will be rotated every now and then.  If you do not wish to be a panelist (= do not wish to appear on the recorded videos), simply disable your camera on your computer.

This section will be updated as new information will become available.  Apparently Zoom takes all reported issues seriously, and now they are working hard on fixing them.