Over the past couple of years Zoom has found a permanent home in many Mac user pools, but there may be a new bug that might make you think twice about keeping it open.
according to Many posts in the Zoom community forumMac users running Monterey have reported that the Zoom app turns on the microphone light indicator even when a meeting is not taking place. Users recently reported on February 9 that the Zoom app unlocks the microphone as indicated by the orange dot indicator, with the only way to stop it is to quit the app after ending the call.
User dvaldivia He describes the problem on his Mac on February 9: If you join a Zoom meeting and end it, leave the zoom feature open and walk away from the computer (let it go to the screen saver) when you come back, you can see the microphone is on and it stays that way constantly. A Zoom spokesperson said the company “has determined that this error did not result in the transmission of audio data to the Zoom platform.”
Push zoom out Update on December 27 (Version 5.9.1 (3506)) which reportedly fixed the issue “with the microphone light indicator turning on when not in a meeting on macOS Monterey”, but users have reported that the issue persists. a January 25 update (Version 5.9.3 (4239)) does not mention the issue in the release notes although a Zoom spokesperson said it fixed the issue: “The Zoom client for macOS 5.9.3, released on January 25, 2022, fixed a bug that includes Failing to finish using the microphone properly after the meeting.”
Some users reported that update 5.9.3 completely fixed the problem, other Monterey users say they still see the indicator even after this Install the latest update.
Zoom I got shot Early in the pandemic due to lack of encryption, Zoombombing and data collection. The company has since corrected these issues and has become more transparent about features and privacy, including implementation End-to-end encryption For meetings and implement several options to restrict access to meetings.
If you see the microphone light is active after updating to the latest version, we recommend simply exiting the Zoom app after your meeting is over.
Update 2/12: A Zoom spokesperson responded with a statement saying the issue had been fixed and the data had not been transferred.
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