Although zoom is a secure app for private video calling, it’s not end-to-end encrypted like WhatsApp or FaceTime. Its use has been increasing significantly from the past few months, as people are developing a norm of working from home, thanks to COVID-19. With dramatically increase in users, the zoom is improving security and updating privacy features in order to protect the user’s privacy & data. The latest update, zoom 5.0 includes measures for improving the encryption level and stopping zoom bombing. But the app is still unencrypted & will not be in the near future, not at least for a free account user. But for the users who have paid accounts are protected with end-to-end encryption.
On June 2, Eric Yuan the CEO of Zoom confirmed that the company is not planning to offer end-to-end encryption to free account as they are eager to work with law enforcement agencies. The end-to-end encryption refers to a premium level security; it means no one has access to your data, not even the video chat company itself or any law enforcement. So, if you have a private meeting or chat, where you need extra security, you can try other apps that offer end-to-end encryption to free accounts as Zoom Alternatives. Below are the four famous Apps for this purpose;
It is available at the Apple app store. It is fully secure and easy to use; moreover, it is supported by all Apple devices, no matter if it’s a mobile phone, MAC, or laptop. For those using Apple products, FaceTime is end-to-end encrypted. However, if you or any of your mates are supposed to video chat with someone who is not an apple user, this feature is not available for you. Therefore, you are directed to use something else.
The signal is a great app. Although it has not broken into masses yet but greatly adored by the security community. It has many exceptional & must-try features that have made it one of the biggest rivals of WhatsApp. It is easy to operate, so why not try it once? But before you install it, let us tell you that it does not offer group chat feature but one-to-one video chats only.
Facebook owns it & you probably have noticed it while updating or installing it. WhatsApp offers end-to-end encryption to all users for one-to-one as well as group video chats (up to 8 only). It is easy to use, which makes it an excellent go-to choice for people belonging to all age groups provided that they have WhatsApp installed on their phone.
Once you reach up to eight users on the video call, your call will be no more encrypted and sent to Facebook’s Messenger Rooms.
Just like WhatsApp, it is easy to use & free app for video calling. It is end-to-end encrypted, which also appears on your screen while you are dialing a number on Duo. It supports the group video calls up to 12 users, which makes it a good alternative to Zoom in case you have a private meeting.