The Easter holiday will be a little different for everyone across the country this year. You’ll be cautious of who you invite to Easter dinner and if you will invite anyone at all. Maybe for you, this Easter will just be spent with your immediate family and the people you live with. While this Easter may be a little different than Easters in the past, you can still use this day meant for family gatherings to virtually gather with family.
Owing to today’s technology, we have the ability to see friends and family members face-to-face without being physically around them. Perhaps this Easter you could start a new tradition and host a video chat with family and friends who couldn’t be there.
Top Video Chat Apps for Consumers
Anyone who has an iPhone (and even those without an iPhone) has most likely heard of FaceTime. FaceTime is a great option for iOS and Mac users as it offers end-to-end encryption so privacy concerns are not an issue. A downside to FaceTime, however, is that it only supports Mac and iOS, so if you have family members that don’t have either of these options available to them, you’ll want to try a different video chat program.
Google Meet is a common choice for program to run a video chat on. Many people already have a Google email account, and most are comfortable using other offerings from Google. Google Meet has built-in protection, and new users joining the meeting have to request to join, giving the host the opportunity to allow or deny their entrance. Google Meet also supports Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS platforms making everyone with a capable device able to use the program.
Zoom is currently one of the most popular apps out there to host a virtual meeting on. It’s user friendly and packed with features. However, there have been several reports of “Zoom bombers” joining open meetings and sharing undesirable content . According to a report, Zoom has also been found to (without permission) share your data with Facebook – even if you don’t have a Facebook account. If you use Zoom, make sure you follow the necessary precautions to avoid any problems.