Currently, video conferencing services are very popular, Mozilla took this opportunity and checked 15 services for security and data sharing. 12 of the 15 services have met the specified "Minimum Security Standard". The following were examined for encryption, security updates, password security, vulnerability management and privacy policies. For example, Mozilla wants to help the end user choose a suitable app.
The following services have been reviewed by Mozilla: Zoom, Google Hangouts, Apple FaceTime, FaceBook Messenger, WhatsApp, Jitsi Meet, Signal, Microsoft Teams, BlueJeans, GoToMeeting, Cisco WebEx, HouseParty, Discord and Doxy. The latter three are those which did not meet the minimum standard.
Pros and cons
The pros and cons of each service has been listed by Mozilla , where user reviews can also be added. In addition, Mozilla has published what they consider to be the most important findings in a "a href="https://blog.mozilla.org/").">Blog. Here, for example, it is mentioned that the handling of user data and the security gaps that have appeared at Zoom is deficient, but Zoom has also quickly corrected it. "This is something that we don't see in other companies like Facebook that don't have direct competition," Mozilla said. Counterfeiting has also been noticed, for example, Zoom and Google Hangout have introduced a one-click link that allows you to quickly participate in a meeting, which suddenly also appeared on Skype.
Due to higher security standards and more features, Mozilla recommends using services made for those who are designed for the same people in the working environment.
Criticism of data sharing
Almost as expected, FaceBook and FaceBooks WhatsApp have just been criticized. Here, the contents of the messages are not used to run advertisements based on them, but name, e-mail, contacts and location, the location even of photos and backgrounds, if it can be deduced from where they originated. This data will also be passed on to some partners. WhatsApp often uses fake news, according to Mozilla. Messenger tries to counteract this by restricting the forwarding of messages. In addition, like not all services, it is end-to-end encrypted. There is basically encryption everywhere, but often only up to the server.
If there are exceptional features, they are always associated with notifications from the participants, administrators and hosts have options to restrict participants in their powers, which can prevent trolls and mishaps.
Housepartz is described by Mozilla as a "data vacuum". But Discord also picks up too much information, although even worse, that Discord is known for corners that deal with misogyny, xenophobia and human trafficking. Doxy runs in the browser, this of course brings with it the security gaps of the respective used browser.