Zoom is software that facilitates remote meetings and collaboration. Its popularity soared in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has also been the focus of increased privacy and security concerns.
Some of these concerns are valid and have been addressed by the company. Other concerns are unfounded or exaggerated.
Whether you like Zoom or not, you can use technology from the 1950s (old rotary dial telephones) to participate in Zoom meetings without compromising security.
This short write-up will demonstrate how to do that.
What you need
- An old rotary dial telephone. I use a Western Electric Model 500 (1950).
- A modern cell phone. Android or iPhone.
- A DTMF app installed on your cell phone. I use this Android app.
- Dial into the Zoom Meeting using the rotary dial telephone.
- When asked to enter the meeting ID, use the DTMF app on your cell phone to playback the meeting ID number.
For best results, store the meeting ID number in a macro before the meeting (so you can play it back quickly) and hold your cell phone close to the rotary phone receiver with the volume turned up.
No matter how you feel about Zoom, the company should be applauded for providing so many connection options. Otherwise, this method would not be possible.
Old rotary phones are very simple, well-understood and secure. They have few moving parts, no Internet connection, no personal information and run no software.
If you have security or privacy concerns about using Zoom, please try this approach. I hope it helps.