12 Zoom alternatives for secure video conferencing

As millions attempt to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, some companies are using Zoom teleconferencing software, but that could be a risk: Zoom video calls do not offer end-to-end encryption. If your business, school, or even personal communications demand a more secure video collaboration system than Zoom seems able to provide, take a look at these Zoom alternatives for working remotely during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Zoom alternativesJonny Evans for Computerworld:

• Group Facetime: If you use Apple products, you can use Group FaceTime to replace Zoom meetings. It supports up to 30 callers and has some intelligent features, such as placing the window belonging to the person currently speaking at the front. It’s also highly secure with end-to-end encryption.

The big problem: it’s not cross-platform, which makes it a fairly ineffective choice much of the time for business.

• Microsoft’s Skype and Teams
• For the enterprise pros: There are a range of high-powered solutions for enterprise users, including Cisco Webex Meetings, TeamViewer and GoToMeeting.
• Always highly secure: Signal
• Jitsi: An open-source tool for self-hosted systems

MacDailyNews Take: This is a good list of Zoom alternatives to explore. If you’re working from home for a company, what video conferencing system are you using?

10 Comments

    1. Dunno what to tell you, I counted 12 in the article:
      1. Facetime
      2. Skype
      3. Microsoft Teams
      4. Cisco WebEx
      5. TeamViewer
      6. GoToMeeting
      7. BlueJeans
      8. Jabber
      9. Challo
      10. Signal
      11. Jitsi
      12. Google Hangouts

      1. I thought the above was the whole article. I did not realize I had to click on the link to see the actual article. That is what I was missing. Thx.

  1. I volunteer for a National Association of doctors. I have been using GoToMeeting & Webinar since 2012 and have been very happy with it.

    And although I am one of those doctors I don’t practice in the traditional sense, as I have been a professional speaker since 1987 having done over 4000 programs in 18 countries. Obviously my business has taken a serious hit in this era, but that’s OK. When a door closes another opens.

    I have had a dedicated green screen video studio in what was once a guest room. I used it mostly for filming videos that become part of online classes, promotions, or whatever.

    I’ll be doing a live virtual keynote (90 minutes) broadcast to a major federal agency from my home. I choose Zoom for this purpose simply because of it’s magical green screen substitution feature. With good lighting and a green screen, it’s amazing how you can put in any background.

    They have updated some settings as per FBI guidelines, such as all meetings default to a password and there is a waiting room and people have to be “admitted” by the person running the meeting. Here are the FBI recommendations.

    Quote:

    “As individuals continue the transition to online lessons and meetings, the FBI recommends exercising due diligence and caution in your cybersecurity efforts. The following steps can be taken to mitigate teleconference hijacking threats:

    Do not make meetings or classrooms public. In Zoom, there are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests.

    Do not share a link to a teleconference or classroom on an unrestricted publicly available social media post. Provide the link directly to specific people.

    Manage screensharing options. In Zoom, change screensharing to “Host Only.”

    Ensure users are using the updated version of remote access/meeting applications. In January 2020, Zoom updated their software. In their security update, the teleconference software provider added passwords by default for meetings and disabled the ability to randomly scan for meetings to join.

    Lastly, ensure that your organization’s telework policy or guide addresses requirements for physical and information security.”

  2. Skype and Teams for work. Google Meet, Zoom, and Skype for church Bible study, and to just chat with friends. Most have iPhones, but we have two Android users, so we adapt to them.

  3. Zoom video conference software experiences several pitfalls in security and privacy, finding an alternative to Zoom is the utmost solution for enterprises to run their businesses. Without end-to-end collaboration, meetings in businesses, there is no productivity or efficiency from your employees.

    To discover an alternative solution to the Zoom video conference api, here comes MirrorFly, an enterprise messaging solution that offers video calling and video conference platforms to businesses and enterprises.

    MirrorFly is a SaaP-based messaging solution that offers video conferencing and video calling platform with on-premises/cloud hosting possibilities. The video conferencing solution offers the capability to host conferences with 100+ participants.

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