Review Date 04/23/2020
What is required to sign up?
An email registration is required to host a meeting. Registration is not required to join a meeting, unless the meeting host (on a paid account) requires authentication to join the meeting. Zoom allows sign up through Google and Facebook third party accounts.
How does it handle privacy?
Can I control it?
What could happen if something went wrong
Zoombombing, the newly coined term where strangers--often evil trolls with malicious intent--invade your video call, sometimes bringing hateful and crude behaviors to your call without warning--is a real problem. No one wants to have racist trolls crash their relaxing Zoom yoga session when they are trying to chill out during the pandemic. And yes, Zoom has been in the news a lot lately for a whole bunch of privacy and security concerns -- everything ranging from exploits that would let bad guys download videos stored in the cloud, to leaking users' data, to a lawsuit that was filed because Facebook was allowed to "eavesdrop" on Zoom users' personal data. To Zoom's credit, they have acknowledged their mistakes and seem to be working hard to fix them.