According to BuzzFeed and confirmed by Business Insider, Google has banned Zoom use on company PCs.Because of “security issues,” the business emailed all employees who had the Zoom app installed on their computers to inform them that the app will be disabled this week. Zoom’s main rival is Google Meet, another videoconferencing tool.
The company has “long maintained a policy of not allowing workers to use unapproved apps for work that are outside of our corporate network,” according to a Google representative.
An additional statement explained that “recently, our security team told employees using Zoom Desktop Client that it will no longer run on corporate PCs as it does not match our security standards for programs used by employees.” “Employees who have been utilizing Zoom to keep in touch with loved ones at home can do so from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection.”
Zoom’s popularity has increased as more individuals are required to work and socialize remotely; yet, the service’s many security flaws have also received increased attention. Recently, a new type of cyberbullying has emerged, called “Zoom bombing,” in which hackers intentionally disrupt a Zoom conference from the inside.
Not only has Google banned Zoom, but so have other companies. Earlier this month, Tesla made the same decision, citing security concerns as the reason, and instructed staff to instead communicate via phone, email, and text message.