Google is the latest company to ban Zoom’s video software at its company, removing the app over “security vulnerabilities”.
According to a BuzzFeed report, Google has barred employees from using Zoom on company computers. Zoom, a competitor to Google’s own Meet app, has seen an explosion of people using it to work and socialize from home and has become a cultural touchstone during the coronavirus pandemic. The company sent an email to all employees with the Zoom app on their computers and told them that the app would stop working this week, citing “security vulnerabilities”.
“We have long had a policy of not allowing employees to use unapproved apps for work that are outside of our corporate network,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
“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,” the statement added. “Employees who have been using Zoom to stay in touch with family and friends can continue to do so through a web browser or via mobile.”
As people are forced to work and socialize from home, the video conferencing software Zoom has exploded in popularity. However, troubles started for Zoom two weeks back, when an analysis of the Zoom app by Motherboard revealed that it sends data to Facebook even when users do not have a Facebook account.
While Zoom announced that it would stop sending data to Facebook a day after the report was published, a critical vulnerability was soon found in the macOS version of the app, which could allow hackers to access users’ webcams. Last week, it was discovered that an automated tool created by security researchers could find around 2,400 Zoom meeting IDs in a single day that weren’t protected by passwords. Some serious issues with Zoom’s encryption algorithm also came to light recently.
In fact, Google isn’t the first company to ban the use of Zoom. Tesla did the same thing earlier this month, also over security concerns, and asked employees to rely on phone calls, emails, and texts instead.