The Covid-19 pandemic transformed the structure of meetings. There is a surge in usage of video conferencing tools like Zoom. The app gained popularity due to its simplistic structure and user-friendly UI. Google has banned its employees from using due to security concerns. The company sent an email to employees last week about banning the app.
In an email, Google mentioned that whoever has installed Zoom on the work machines, the software will not function for them. Interestingly, Google has its own Zoom competitor, Meet. The company is recommending its employees to use Meet for conference calls and virtual meetings.
Google Spokesperson Jose Castaneda said, “Recently, our security team informed employees using Zoom Desktop Client that it will no longer run on corporate computers as it does not meet our security standards for apps used by our employees. Employees who have been using Zoom to stay in touch with family and friends can continue to do so through web browser.”
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has also banned its employees from using Zoom. The company sent a memo to its employees on March 28. The memo clearly stated that employees shouldn’t use Zoom. The memo reads, “We understand that many of us were using this tool for conferences and meeting support. Please use email, text, or phone as alternate means of communication.”
Zoom has been in news over security concerns. The tool lacks end-to-end encryption. One of the recent security incidents reveals a hacker exposing account details of 5 lakh users.