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Zoom Hacked: Top 8 Zoom Alternatives To Use For Free


Everyone has been using Zoom lately, but you may be searching for Zoom alternatives due to privacy concerns.




report by Bleeping Computer states that hackers are selling these Zoom accounts for less than a penny each and in some cases, they are being given away for free. The report adds that this information about free Zoom accounts being posted on hacker forums was first pointed out by Cybersecurity intelligence firm Cybele around April 1. The firm then reached out to the sellers of these accounts and bought 530,000 Zoom credentials at $0.0020 (roughly Rs. 0.15) per account, in an attempt to warn their customers of the breach.
If these reports are making you wary, there are free alternatives to Zoom out there for video conferencing. Here are our top choices.

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Skype


Skype supports up to 50 participants for an unlimited amount of time for free, which makes it ideal for smaller companies. The most common video calling platform from the last decade continues to be on top as always. Skype could be old, but it’s still the most convenient option when it comes to video conferencing, making it the right choice for educational purposes.

The perfect Zoom alternative for Education is Skype. With adequate tools and features available, it’s safe to use and easy to operate.

GoToMeeting


Millions of businesses trust GoToMeeting for reliable, professional online meetings and on-the-go collaboration. Gain momentum with an award-winning solution that works instantly on any device.

This program has everything you need to carry out quality video conferences between multiple people, where everyone can be present and speak at the same time or have a special speaker, this program allows sound activation separately while having tools for presentations and exchange of texts or files, it also has very good control in its panel with dates, scheduled meetings and history of video calls, while it can be present on multiple platforms, it is very useful for the development of projects or classes online where everyone needs to be present while interacting.
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HouseParty

Houseparty is a social networking service that enables group video chatting through mobile and desktop apps. Users receive a notification when friends are online and available to group video chat.

HouseParty has been a popular option for people who want to have some fun time while video conferencing. HouseParty has been a popular option among friends with online shareable live games. You can have fun with friends and family on a live call on HouseParty.
It’s free with some options to purchase games within the app. You still get a huge library of free interactive games making HouseParty a perfect Zoom alternative for friends.

Cisco Webex Meeting

Meetings have always been essential to business. And at a time when people are spread across the globe, budgets are stretched, and the pace of business is accelerating, how you meet matters more than ever. Cisco Webex is another popular video conferencing platform. The free version has a significant amount to offer, with up to three users and 50 participants for 40 minutes. It also features HD video, screen-sharing and recording options.

Google Hangouts Meet


Google Hangouts is still the best when it comes to webinars and meetings. Google Hangouts can have up to 10 people to be on a video call at a time. You get text chat, screen share, options to send images, video, and location. 
Google Hangouts is a suitable Zoom alternative for webinars and meetings. You can also integrate your existing G Suite to use Hangouts Meet (chargeable) and add up to 250 participants per call.
You get access to all Google document services with the Meet service as Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Slides and such.
RingCentral

RingCentral offers an impressive free version, with up to 100 participants, unlimited one-on-one meetings, 40-minute group meetings, and desktop and application sharing.


UberConference

UberConference changed online meetings forever by killing PINs and making it simple for people to join. With powerful call controls, seamless screen sharing, and HD calls, it’s easier than ever to stay connected no matter where work finds you.

Facebook Messenger

With a Facebook account, you can use Facebook Messenger for video calls. The Messenger can be a great Zoom alternative for families and friends loaded with interesting features like emoji reactions, stickers, and games.
Facebook Messenger can accommodate up to six people at a time (on the screen), but 50 people can participate.

Installing Zoom: How To Use Zoom Safely?

There can’t be any safe way to use Zoom under the current scenario when user details are being compromised, and there’s no safety. Though still, if you wish to continue using Zoom, here are some of the precautions you can take to use Zoom safely.
  • Use passwords for the Zoom meetings. Set up a password, which will be generated when a meeting is scheduled. All will have to use a password to join the meeting.
  •  Allow only signed-in users to participate. 
  • Lock your Zoom meeting once all arrive so that other IDs can’t access details.
  • Don’t allow participants to share screens. Disable screen sharing from the “Security” option.
  • Use a different ID. Have a randomly generated ID for Zoom meetings. Create a new event and do not share your information publicly.
  • Ask users to wait in the Waiting Room before you allow them to enter a meeting to know who’s joining.
  • Do not share files. You have the file-sharing feature, but sending any file over Zoom could be highly malicious. 
As the Indian government has clearly directed that Zoom is not safe to download or use, I recommend you should use a safer video conferencing platform instead.

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