Zoom vs. Microsoft Teams Security

by | Mar 5, 2020 | Collaboration, Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As schools, businesses, and other organizations have moved online in recent weeks, decisions had to be made quickly about which platform to use. Many chose Zoom, an easy-to-use platform with tiered pricing.

Unfortunately, many of those same organizations have discovered the security issues associated with Zoom. Given those challenges, many organizations are considering alternatives like Microsoft Teams. Let’s look at the security issues uncovered with Zoom, security recommendations for online meetings, and Zoom vs. Teams security.

Zoom Security Concerns

You’ve probably seen the recent stories regarding Zoom security. Here are some of the most pressing issues:

  • ZoomBombing: ZoomBombing is when bad actors take advantage of publicly available Zoom invites and crash meetings. They may harass other users, show inappropriate materials and use hate speech. This is unnerving for everyone involved, but it’s especially unsettling in educational settings.
  • Vulnerabilities: Zoom was vulnerable to attacks that allow the bad actor to steal Windows login information and even execute commands on the end user’s system. Zoom has released an update, but these vulnerabilities, and the fact that they weren’t addressed until recently, are also a concern.
  • Privacy: Zoom, like many companies, collects extensive data about users and how they use the app. The bigger concern for privacy experts is the extent to which this information is being shared with other companies and being monetized.

All of these are concerns for any organization, but they are especially worrisome for schools with students who might be impacted.

Zoom Security Concerns

Security Recommendations

Experts are recommending a few steps that can help minimize security concerns. These include:

  • Keep meetings and classrooms private: Don’t share meeting invites on social media. Instead, send the meeting link and password privately using email, text or chat. Consider password protecting your meetings, and control who enters the meeting.
  • Provide solid meeting control: Remove disruptive users promptly. Consider limiting who can screenshare and limiting access once your meeting has started.
  • Updating your software: Make sure you have the latest version of your videoconferencing tool, whether its Zoom, Microsoft Teams or something else. Consider also updating your computer and making sure your antivirus software is up-to-date.

Zoom vs. Teams Security

Microsoft Teams offers robust security options to prevent the takeover of your meetings. It’s also a cybersecurity leader and never monetizes your information. You can decide who can join directly and who needs to wait in your meeting lobby. You can assign roles to control who can screenshare and who can’t. You can turn on two-factor authentication.

If you’re ready to move to a solution that values your security and privacy, consider Microsoft Teams. At Peters & Associates, we can help you transition seamlessly to Microsoft Teams so you can stay in touch without compromising security and safety. We know we’re in uncertain times; you can depend on our expertise and experience. Contact us with any questions. We’re here to help.