Zoom

Zoom is an example of why you want to run video conferences YOURSELF in your own Private Cyberspace.

BigBluebutton

There are many open sourced video conferencing software you can install and run in your Private Cyberspace e.g.

  1. Nextcloud Talk
  2. Jitsi Meet

We will be comparing Zoom with the open sourced BigBlueButton software that comes preinstalled in your Private Cyberspace.

Comparison

  1. Security & Privacy
  2. Pricing & Terms

Security and Privacy

1. Recent Security Problems

  1. Zoom microphone active when you are NOT using it:
    https://community.zoom.com/t5/Meetings/Why-is-the-Zoom-app-listening-on-my-microphone-when-not-in-a/td-p/29019

  2. Zoom camera active WITHOUT your permission
    Zoom Zero Day: 4+ Million Webcams & maybe an RCE? Just get them to visit your website! | by Jonathan Leitschuh | InfoSec Write-ups

  3. Class Action Lawsuit against Zoom
    https://www.zoommeetingsclassaction.com/

  4. Attack Corporate Network via Zoom
    New vulnerabilities allowed attackers to intercept Zoom meetings

  5. Take Over your Laptop through Zoom
    Zoom zero-day discovery makes calls safer, hackers $200,000 richer | Malwarebytes Labs

  6. Show "hidden" part of your screen
    https://www.syss.de/fileadmin/dokumente/Publikationen/Advisories/SYSS-2020-044.txt

  7. FAKE End-to-End Encryption
    FTC Requires Zoom to Enhance its Security Practices as Part of Settlement | Federal Trade Commission

2. Ongoing Security Problem List

To get an up-to-date list of Zoom security problems:

3. Ongoing Security Problem Comparison

An up-to-date list of open source conference software that comes preinstalled in your Private Cyberspace - BigBlueButton: