While Zoom has been taking steps to up its security game, the app still doesn’t support end-to-end encryption. Although recent news indicates that end-to-end encryption for paying users may soon be available, that development is still in the works—and leaves the free-level users in an insecure spot.
End-to-end encryption ensures that no one—not even the service provider itself—can access your data. Concerned about Zoom’s sketchy security policies, but not sure where else to take your virtual meetings? Luckily, there are alternative options out there.
Pros: Apple’s signature video call app is both secure and supports end-to-end encryption. It’s highly user-friendly, and most people are fairly familiar with it. Plus, you can now have up to 32 people on a call.
Con: Facetime is only available on Apple devices, so if one of the people you need to meet with doesn’t have an iPhone, Mac, or other Apple device, you’ll have to look into other options.
Pros: WhatsApp supports end-to-end encryption for video calls of up to eight people. WhatsApp is already pretty widely used, so there is a lower likelihood that people would have to download a new app.
Con: If you need to have a call with more than eight people, WhatsApp will take you to Facebook messenger rooms – which are not end-to-end encrypted and are also subject to Facebook’s privacy policies.
Pros: Signal is a relatively new messenger app that the security community has been gushing about for some time. It supports end-to-end encryption on video calls and is relatively user-friendly.
Cons: The app currently only supports two-person calls, so it is not a viable option for many group meetings.
4. Google Duo
Pros: Google Duo is a free app that boasts end-to-end encryption for meetings of up to 12 people. It’s user-friendly and offers higher-quality video than other video chat options available.
Cons: They brag about how great they are by sending you a notice about their end-to-end encryption.