Archived Post looks like a viable alternative to Zoom

Conferencing usage has skyrocketed in the last three weeks with reporting a nearly 700% increase in new customer sign-ups the week of March 22 (vs. sign-ups from the week of Feb. 23). It also looks as if it could be a viable alternative to the trouble-plagued Zoom.

In the last 30 days alone the conferencing solution says it’s seen significant growth in these groups: 

° 1,250 new military sign-ups including new members from across the Navy, Air Force and Marines;

° 8,000 new government sign-ups including legislators, health departments and national organizations leading the pandemic response;

° 43,000 new non-profits including hospitals, aid groups, addiction support groups and social services says it provides all the features of competitive solutions – video conferencing, screen sharing, recording and global access – with a few key differences:

° There are no time limits on calls.

° You can host video calls for up to 1,000 participants.

° Service is 100% free to users – not freemium and no upcharges

° It works on macOS, iOS, Windows, and Android.

° Customer privacy is 100% protected. The company says it “will never sell or share customer data for marketing or tracking purposes.”   

While there’s been a lot of media coverage regarding security risks in a popular service, saysthere are thing users can do to keep their conferences secure including

° Conference Locking  – look for a service provider that enables to lock out anyone not directly invited to your conference.

° Roll Call – use meetings tools to conduct a virtual roll call or caller count to ensures the identity and verify the participant count.

° Mute or block callers and stop screen sharing in an instant – most services enable the call host to mute participants, block callers and stop screen sharing with one click if a new or unauthorized user enters the call

° Create a unique password and keep it safe – As with any service, consider using a unique password for conference calling and keep it safe with a password management system.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.