Under fire from critics, the Zoom application is trying to close its security holes

The number of users of the Zoom video conferencing application has increased by 20 times in two months due to confinement. As a result, she seems to be a victim of her success. Overwhelmed by security breaches, notably allowing malicious Internet users to enter meetings, Zoom is now trying to reassure users.

It is the most popular application in the world today: Zoom, video conferencing software highly prized by confined persons for organizing work meetings or virtual aperitifs. As a result, since the start of the coronavirus crisis, Zoom has grown from 10 to 200 million users , 20 times more! Except that this very rapid growth comes with its share of controversies on security and data protection. Overwhelmed during the first weeks, Zoom is now trying to regain control and reassure users.

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“Zoom bombing”, disturbing diversions

In just one week, the problems multiplied for Zoom. Already the target of hackers , the application has faced a very worrying phenomenon: “Zoom bombing”. For several days, thanks to a security flaw that made poorly configured videoconference access codes public, Internet users were able to hack working meetings or live courses, some taking advantage of this to distribute pornographic images or incitement to hatred. A flaw that resulted in Zoom being banned from many schools in the United States.

Today, this major confidentiality problem has been resolved, says Zoom France President Loïc Rousseau, joined by Europe 1. “Until now, a link was enough to connect to a videoconference. We have added a word password, which was not previously required, in order to secure the entry of participants into the meeting, “he explains. “We have also set up by default a ‘waiting room’ in which the organizer sees who wants to enter the conference. From there, he can select who enters or not. Finally, once the meeting has started, you have the possibility to lock it so that no one else can access it. ”