The Zoom video conferencing application. - Pacific Press / SIPA
In the United States, several academies have banned the use of the Zoom platform in distance education systems set up to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The security of the video conferencing tool is indeed called into question after several "zoombombings", explains the Washington Post, this Saturday.
This is the voluntary intrusion of individuals into virtual courses organized via the application. Hackers then make oral or written racist or anti-Semitic comments, disseminate pornographic content or threaten participants in the online meeting.
Microsoft Teams rather than Zoom
The phenomenon is so developed that it was the subject of an FBI public alert last week. New York City is one of the academies that no longer allow the use of Zoom.
She asks teachers to use Microsoft Teams instead. Clark County in Nevada has also banned Zoom and reports "cases of hacking that have created a dangerous environment for teachers and students".
The modified configuration for school children
With the Covid-19 pandemic, the tool became the most used by American schools, from kindergarten to university. But the multiplication of the incidents pushed the creators to react. “In this period when more and more new users are turning to Zoom, Zoom is taking the lead in ensuring that they understand the rules of use as well as the best ways to use the platform and protect their meetings, "the company said in a statement.
"We recently changed the default configuration for school users until the end of high school," says one at Zoom. Waiting rooms are activated and teachers are the only ones who can share content with the whole class by default. "
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