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“Technology now allows people to connect anytime, anywhere, to anyone in the world, from almost any device. This is dramatically changing the way people work, facilitating 24/7 collaboration with colleagues who are dispersed across time zones, countries, and continents.”
Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, the majority of the companies around the world have adopted work from the home ideas in order to continue their operations, despite the restrictions imposed by the government for their health and safety to stop the spread of COVID-19.Covid-19 lockdown and quarantine life around the world have observed a battle between video-conferencing apps. For video conferencing corporates are using different apples like Zoom, Google Meets, etc.
Here is a list of trending video-conferencing apps in Covid-19-
Founded by Eric Yuan on 11 April 2011. Preferred by schools, corporates, and people, Zoom's daily number of participants has grown to 300 million. It provides video conferencing, and online chat services through a cloud-based person-person software platform and is used for teleconferencing, telecommuting, distance education, and maintaining social relations.
Security- A number of issues related to Zoom have attracted public attention, known as call hijacking or "zoom bombing". Around 5 lakhs of data was leaked to the dark web by Zoom.
Devices and access- zooms allow a meeting of 100 participants with 40 minutes time restriction, bit unlimited time for one on one meeting. Zoom webinar is quite popular in lockdown.
- Google Meets
Founded by Google in the year 2017. Google recently rebranded its Google Hangout Meets app to Google Meets. The app is fully secured as it comes from Google.
Security- it is compliant with IETF security. There is a unique encryption key for every meeting and for every person joining the meeting. One needs to pay attention to that, when you join the meeting the audio is through the telephone network and it is not encrypted.
Devices and access- anyone with a Google account can create the meeting link and the link is sent to the participants to join the meeting. The maximum number of participants is restricted to 100 with 60 minutes of training.
- Microsoft Teams
Founded by Microsoft on 14 March 2017. This app is more corporate-oriented than the others listed above. In a lockdown, the company has seen an increase in the usage of the app. Last month the company observed 44 million daily users.
Security- according to the company the user's data is protected through malware in attachments. Recordings take place with prior notification to customers.
Devices and access- anyone with Microsoft 365 available on iOS, Android, Windows desktop app, can use it. It allows the audience to limit up to 10,00 with four hours time limit.
Founded by Scandinavian developers in 2003 and later acquired by Microsoft in 2011Microsoft owned Skype revealed on 27 April that the people using the app Skype have surged up 70% in a month to 40 million people. Users can blur their background and do screen sharing for presentations and demos.
Security- Skype's encryption is transparent to callers. Voice over internet call in Skype is not safe as they make calls through the network, do not use end to end encryption.
Devices and access- available over every device platform. 250 participants are restricted with 10 hours of time every day.
- Google Duo
Founded by Google in the year 2016. In other platforms, you can send text messages but in Google duo, the one can do group chats only. It became popular because it's simple to use and having high-quality video calls.
Security- has end to end encryption for video calls. Doesn't store your facial data and send it to servers. Has a shared secret key through which calls and videos can be decided.
Devices and access- available on iPhone, Android, tablets, computers. Is limited to 12 members with unlimited time.
Founded by Brian Acton and Jan Koum in the year 2009. Last month WhatsApp confirmed people on average are spending over 15 billion minutes talking each day on WhatsApp calls.
Security- it has end to end encryption in which you and the receiver can only see the chats and the recording and nobody else in between not even the WhatsApp himself.
Devices and access- available on iOS and Android. 8 people can connect arch other while video conferencing.
Work from home policies,. Social distancing and government lockdown has increased the demand for video conferencing apps. They have seen record-breaking usage of apps in the months of lockdown. There are millions of users connecting every day. The number of video calls and conference calls takes place every day. One thing that has to be kept in mind while making conference calls through them is security. Many apps just leaked your data like zoom, we have observed a large data was leaked by them. Just make sure while making calls is that your data is safe and secure.