India recently came out to be on top for downloading the video conferencing app Zoom in April despite the government issued warnings against it. Zoom was reported to be guilty for various security issues, you’d be surprised to know that these allegations were made by app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. According to the stats launched by the firm, we came to know that Zoom had 131 million downloads last month, in which 18.2 percent came from India alone, followed by the United States. Apparently Zoom isn’t the only application that witnessed great traffic, TikTok also saw rapid growth in April with over 107 million downloads globally. India contributed almost 22 percent to the overall downloads of the app.
Since people are working from home and following social distancing guidelines amidst the coronavirus pandemic, they are using video conferencing apps like Zoom and Google Meet. Zoom and other apps are also being used by schools and colleges to carry out virtual classrooms as students are permitted to go to schools. This reason alone has led to the massive number of downloads for Zoom. The app’s popularity has been kept along with some issues and controversies which led to the creation of the term “zoombombing.” The term refers to those incidents where when random users pop up in non-secure Zoom meetings and make them uncomfortable.
These issues forced the Indian government to warn its officials from using the application last month and issued a set of precautions for the public as well. Like that wasn’t enough, in an advisory dated April 12th, the Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord) of the Ministry of Home Affairs highlighted it’s security concerns towards Zoom. The centre stressed out that Zoom should not be used by government offices/ officials for any purposes, however, it also added that the app can still be used by individuals in their personal capacity.
The centre also stated that if you choose to do so, you should follow best security practices. CyCordisn’t the only organisation that made allegations, even the Computer Emergency Response Team of India, had issued a caution against the usage of Zoom and issued an advisory highlighting the safety measures for both the operator and the users.
Considering the news surrounding a handful of security issues and its ban by various organisations as well as in some countries, Zoom’s developers announced that they are making several changes in the app in order to enhance it’s security and privacy. On this same topic, the company purchased an encryption startup Key base earlier this week to make it’s video calls placed through the app end-to-end encrypted.