Zoom chalks up 300 million daily users despite security issues


More and more people are using Zoom to communicate.

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Zoom experienced another surge in daily users this month, jumping from 200 million in March to 300 million in the last three weeks, it said in a Wednesday blog post. The videoconferencing app had just 10 million users in December, before the coronavirus outbreak forced millions of people to work from home, but its growth has been increased scrutiny on its security and privacy issues.

The numbers came from CEO Eric Yuan’s update on its 90-day security plan. Last month, Yuan said the company would stop adding new features to Zoom so it can devote its resources to addressing issues like “Zoombombing,” when uninvited attendees enter your meeting. 

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On Wednesday, the company said its Zoom 5 update will be available in the few next days. It’ll include intrusion-blocking AES 256-bit GCM encryption and the ability for account administrators to choose the data center their video call will be routed through (in case they’d prefer to avoid a specific region).

You’ll also be able to report abusive users, a feature revealed by a PC Mag report earlier this week. That option will appear in the app’s new security settings menu.

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