Archive for June 1, 2020

Zoom May Only Enable End To End Encryption For Paying Customers…. My Take

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 1, 2020 by itnerd

Zoom has been working hard to overcome their security issues over the last few months. One of the things that they needed to address is the fact that communications were not end to end encrypted, even though the company claimed that they were. The company finally admitted that this was something that needed to be addressed. And it looks like that end to end encryption is about to be lit up, assuming that you have the latest version of the Zoom app, and you happen to be a paying customer:

The company, whose business has boomed with the coronavirus pandemic, discussed the move on a call with civil liberties groups and child-sex abuse fighters on Thursday, and Zoom security consultant Alex Stamos confirmed it on Friday. 

In an interview, Stamos said the plan was subject to change and it was not yet clear which, if any, nonprofits or other users, such as political dissidents, might qualify for accounts allowing more secure video meetings. 

He added that a combination of technological, safety and business factors went into the plan, which drew mixed reactions from privacy advocates.

Now I can look at this two ways:

  • It makes sense that Zoom would focus this on paying customers. After all, that is what keeps the lights on. It also gets rid of the people who are hogging resources related to the free tier of the app which likely costs Zoom money.
  • Other apps like iMessage, WhatsApp, and Signal offer end to end encryption for free.

You’ll note that the plan is subject to change. I suspect that it may change based on either the blowback that they get, or if people on the free tier abandon the platform for another video chat solution en masse.

My take is that I think that Zoom is doing the right thing. Yes there’s going to be blowback from some who think Zoom should enable end to end encryption for all. But that’s really not viable in my opinion. Zoom is a business and not a charity. At some point they have to pay for all the security improvements that are going into the app. And if you want want those security improvements, you need to pay up. So I would suggest that users who are on the free tier of Zoom who want these improvements should put their money where their mouths are.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas from HP

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 1, 2020 by itnerd

With Father’s Day coming up on June 21, I wanted to share a list of gifts from HP for great gift ideas:

For the dad who loves photography: HP Tango ($179.99 CAD

  • The HP Tango is perfect for the dad who loves capturing and preserving every milestone, from standing on the front porch on the first day of school to waiting in the aisles on graduation day. The Tango makes it easy to print off photos that will last the test of time from anywhere, anytime using cellular data or a remote WIFI connection.

For the dad who is far away: HP ENVY Laptop (Starting from $1,099.99)

  • The HP ENVY allows you to stay connected with dad – whether you’re miles apart or just can’t be together physically on his special day. The wide vision HD camera makes it easy to chat with the entire family in crystal clear detail. 

For the dad who has hopped on the booming gaming-train: HP OMEN 15 Gaming Laptop (starting from $2,299.99)

  • Gaming is on the rise right now. For the dads who can’t get enough, the HP OMEN 15 Laptop is sure to please. This laptop has desktop-class graphics performance, immersion, and upgradability. With the OMEN 15 Laptop, dad can game anywhere.