Zoom is less secure than Google Meet. Although it encrypts messages, it does not employ end-to-end encryption. However, unlike Zoom, Google Hangouts Meet video meeting connections can be restricted to those within a company. Employees who are not signed in to Google accounts cannot join a meeting.
While Google Meet lacks the majority of the complex capabilities offered by Zoom (more on that later), it does provide a quick and easy video-calling service straight on the web. You do not need to download or install any software to utilize it. Simply visit the Google Meet page and sign in using your Google account. The first time you run Google Meet, it will ask you if you want to allow it to access your webcam.
Google Meet and Zoom are both video conferencing services at their heart, and they provide comparable functions. In fact, you can use Google Meet to host a session and invite people to it using Zoom, and vice versa. The two platforms work together seamlessly to provide you with a simple way to connect with others from anywhere in the world.
Zoom is free for personal use and has many features available on a pay-as-you-go basis including HD quality for $4.99 per hour or unlimited time for $19.99 per month. There are also paid plans available for larger groups.
Google Meet is free for personal use too but only supports low-resolution video (up to 360p). It's also limited to just under 100 participants online at any given time. However, if you need only occasional use of your video conference service, then Google Meet may be enough for you. It's easy to set up and use and connects quickly between computers running Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge.
Both Zoom and Google Meet allow you to share your screen, record events, manage attendees, and more. They also have similar user interfaces so getting started isn't difficult. Once you start hosting sessions it's easy to get hooked!
Zoom also allows participants to select their breakout rooms, while the host is allowed to enter any breakout room of their choice. Google Meet, unlike Zoom, does not have a native breakout room option. However, it can be achieved by creating a separate screen share session and linking it with the meeting.
For video meetings in a web browser, on the Meet Android and Apple (r) iOS (r) applications, and in meeting rooms using Google meeting room hardware, all data in Meet is secured in transit by default between the client and Google. By default, meet recordings kept in Google Drive are encrypted at rest. However, there are ways to bypass these security features.
The first is that Zoom meetings are always encrypted, but not end-to-end. When you activate it, all call participants must dial in using the Zoom desktop or mobile apps, not a browser, or a Zoom Room. (This also implies there will be no telephone participation.)
When you turn on encryption, users will need to enter a code sent to their phones. They will then be able to join the meeting via the app.
By default, the app uses SSL/TLS for communication between devices and servers, which provides confidentiality of data during transmission. However, since user passwords are not encrypted, anyone who obtains access to the computer where the program is running can see them too. This could be the problem if you use an unencrypted Wi-Fi connection at your workplace or school.
You can force users to use a browser instead by turning off encryption, but then they would be vulnerable to eavesdropping by someone who controls either the Wi-Fi network or the phone lines used by participants.
In other words, while Zoom's encryption does provide confidentiality, it doesn't provide authentication. If you don't trust your employees or students not to eavesdrop or share your password, this feature isn't for you. Also, keep in mind that even with encryption disabled, users' passwords are still stored in clear text on their phones.
Overview Zoom Rooms may be invited to meetings using Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, or BlueJeans and join with a single click. Joining a Google Hangouts meeting is unaffected by the availability of interop services because those participants are always audio-only. You can also share your screen during a meeting, just as if you were sitting in the same room.
However, a recent analysis claims that Zoom fulfills the same security criteria as other virtual conference services, such as Google's Hangouts applications and Skype, and even outperforms Apple's FaceTime. The report from research firm Visionect claims that while Zoom does have some improved security features over FaceTime, they aren't enough to make Zoom inherently safer than FaceTime.