“Zoom is sloppy. Zoom also has made poor privacy decisions.” Via Daring Fireball.➵
My father-in-law reached out to me yesterday to ask if I had heard anything about Zoom and user privacy issues. At the time, I had not, except for that webserver issue, which I believe they fixed. It turns out there is more than one problem. From The Guardian:
A number of security flaws affecting Zoom have been reported in the past and as recently as this week. In 2019, it was revealed Zoom had quietly installed a hidden web server on user devices that could allow the user to be added to a call without their permission. And a bug discovered this week would enable hackers to take over a Zoom user’s Mac, including tapping into the webcam and hacking the microphone.
The company said on Thursday it had issued a release to fix the Mac issue, but the number of security issues with Zoom in the past make it as bad as malicious software, said Arvind Narayanan, an associate computer science professor at Princeton University.
“Let’s make this simple,” he said. “Zoom is malware.”
I think we’re all living on Zoom these days, which is scary to think about when you consider that Zoom does not have end-to-end encryption as advertised. And Zoom sends iOS user data to Facebook for advertising purposes even if the user does not have a Facebook account!
Global crisis or not this isn’t good. Not good at all. The company has announced it is shifting engineering resources to address all of these concerns but this is more than three strikes for me—I’m out.➵
Since joining InVision I have been repeatedly asked to share my tactics and techniques for facilitating a remote workshop. Happy to see this finally make it out into the world.➵
I suspect demand will grow for better experiences to interact with other people as more time goes by and we’re all bouncing off the walls. I’m joining a Shadowrun campaign with some friends in Seattle and we’re already looking at the best way to do it virtually or maybe we just need a big room and table so we can sit six feet away from each other.➵
#viewsource / "Helping Greg Storey get Airbag Industries off Movabletype and onto a better publishing stack."
My friend and engineering partner Jesse just published the entire backstory of saving and migrating eighteen years of Airbag content to a brand new tech stack, including that one time when my trusty old webserver died the week before we were to start the migration process. Fun times!➵
From Wired magazine (I gotta hand it to those folks, they’re trying to bring back the magic. Be a cynic all you want but I’d rather live in a world that’s trying to bring the magazine back to its roots than one that just gives up. Okay, back to the story about languages.):
Python is one of the world’s most popular programming languages. In fact, it’s more so than ever. Python climbed from third place to tie for second in the latest ranking of programming language popularity published by the analyst firm RedMonk.
You know, this site used to run on Movabletype that was initially powered by Python. Maybe it’s time to bring it back. Just kidding Jesse!➵