Last week, the video conferencing service Zoom claimed to have hit 300 million daily users. Now the company apparently had to backtrack. Last week’s post now only speaks of 300 million daily subscribers.
The Difference Is In The Way Of Counting
A user can participate in several different video conferences every day and thus be counted several times as a daily participant, while only one person is recorded in the daily number of users. Zoom made the change to the blog entry on Wednesday of a self inflicted careless error. Current numbers of users for Zoom are therefore not known. They were said to have been 10 million 4 months ago. Nevertheless, the video conference service is likely to be one of the major beneficiaries of the corona crisis. Online meetings are booming in times of ban on contacts and office work that has been largely moved to the home office. Criticism of data protection deficiencies and dubious security practices at Zoom have already been voiced. This enables the attackers to gain access to the application and tap additional personal data. If such an email ends up in the mailbox, the sender and the link should be subjected to a more thorough check. The attempt to defraud can then be recognized as such at the latest. The researchers assume that almost 50,000 such emails have already been sent.
With its video conference service originally intended for companies, Zoom became a surprising climber in the Corona period after the company lifted restrictions for private customers. Facebook is now following up with improved video chat offers. That’s why users can also dial into a meeting via a web link. In contrast to Zoom, the social media giant wants to score with users security and privacy.