Zoom into cyberspace
IF YOU WANT to join an online meeting using the Zoom software - for example a Branch meeting or LFB Live session - you will now need to update it. Older versions stopped working on 30 May. Go to www.zoom.us well before the meeting.
This is an upgrade with improved security. We've been looking into the criticisms of Zoom. So far, it not does seem worse than the alternatives, though it is reported that it shares some inormation with Facebook.
Its great sin was that last year it claimed to offer a level of encryption protection - "end-to-end encryption" - that it did not then offer. To fail to fulfil such a promise is the greatest sin in the eyes of computer security enthusiasts, but not so much for those of us who are happy to use email with no encryption at all. The new version does promise that level of encryption.
The great advantage that Zoom has is in usability.
If you are organising a meeting using Zoom, we insist that you must set it up with a password. People - many of them fascists - are scanning meeting identity numbers and crashing in to meetings that don't have passwords set. So you should send invitations to people you want to invite, with the meeting ID number and the password.
Never distribute or publish a meeting ID in any other way. Remind people you have invited that they must not spread the meeting ID around.