Schools abandon zoom due to security concerns: Coronavirus Live Updates: NPR

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With so many schools closed, the Zoom video conferencing app has become very popular among educators, but is now being screened for security and privacy concerns.

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With so many schools closed, the Zoom video conferencing app has become very popular among educators, but is now being screened for security and privacy concerns.

Olivier Douliery / AFP via Getty Images

Heads of schools in New York, Washington, DC and Las Vegas have announced that they are no longer using the Zoom videoconferencing service for distance education due to security, privacy, harassment and other concerns. And individual schools in Los Angeles and elsewhere are also moving to alternatives, such as Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, and WebEx.

As NPR reported last week, the FBI has issued a warning regarding incidents of disruption to the school’s Zoom meetings. Racist and pornographic images have been reported to be shown to young children. Some intrusions may come from students pranking their classmates, but Gizmodo said there are also online “Zoombombing” campaigns.

Zoom has grown in popularity as people around the world take shelter to protect themselves from the spread of the coronavirus. This is partly due to the fact that Zoom meetings can be configured to be accessible from anywhere by anyone with just a web link – no accounts or software downloads required. But this ease of use also makes it easier for intruders to introduce themselves.



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