Zoom India Tops Downloads in April Despite Warnings, Security Issues



India accounted for essentially the most downloads of the video conferencing app Zoom in April regardless of the federal government warnings in opposition to its official use and numerous safety points, app intelligence agency Sensor Tower mentioned. According to the agency, Zoom topped 131 million downloads final month, of which 18.2 p.c got here from India, adopted by the US. Apart from Zoom, TikTok additionally noticed huge progress final month with over 107 million downloads globally. India additionally contributed essentially the most - 22 p.c - to the TikTok downloads. 

As individuals observe social distancing pointers amidst the coronavirus pandemic, they've moved to video conferencing apps like Zoom and Google Meet to not simply deal with the work obligations but additionally to stay in touch with their family and friends. Zoom and different app are additionally being utilized by the varsity for digital lecture rooms as college students cannot bodily go to display throughout the lockdowns. This has led to the large uptake of Zoom that has seen its downloads surge a number of fold over the past couple of months. Zoom's reputation hasn't been with out points and controversies and had even led to creation of the time period “zoombombing.” Zoombombing refers to incidents when random strangers pop up in non-secure Zoom conferences and harass the customers. 

These points pressured the federal government to warn its officers from utilizing the app final month and concern a set of precautions for the general public at giant. In the advisory dated April 12, the Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord) of the Ministry of Home Affairs highlighted safety considerations about Zoom. Stressing that Zoom shouldn't be utilized by authorities places of work/ officers for official functions, CyCord added that it may nonetheless be utilized by people of their private capability. If they select to take action, they need to observe safety greatest practices. Even the Computer Emergency Response Team of India, the nationwide cybersecurity company, had cautioned in opposition to the unguarded utilization of the app and issued an advisory outlining the protection measures for each the operator and the customers.

Following the information surrounding safety points and its ban by numerous organisations in addition to international locations, Zoom introduced that it's making a number of adjustments to the app to reinforce the safety and privateness. In the identical bid, the corporate earlier this week bought encryption startup Keybase that may assist it make the video calls positioned by the app end-to-end encrypted.  

Sensor Tower additionally claims that Zoom was essentially the most downloaded non-game app globally in April and noticed a 60x year-on-year progress. Apart from India, Zoom downloads got here from the US that accounted for 14.three p.c of the entire downloads.

The agency launched essentially the most downloaded apps checklist for April 2020 and it options TikTok, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger, aside from Zoom. Google Meet and Microsoft Team, the rival apps to Zoom, are additionally current within the checklist. Tiktok was the second most downloaded app final month, and as talked about, India accounted for 22 p.c of whole TikTok downloads earlier month, adopted by the US with 9.four p.c.

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