Zoom rolls out end-to-end encryption feature for free and paid users

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Zoom end-to-end encryption for (E2EE) is now available for free and paid users around the world. The video calling company allows users to host up to 200 participants in an E2EE meeting on the platform, providing increased privacy and security for your Zoom sessions.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Zoom has become a popular video calling platform for individuals and businesses. It has launched its end-to-end encryption (E2EE) in technical preview, which means the company is asking for feedback from users for the first 30 days. To use this feature, customers must enable E2EE meetings at the account level and opt-in to E2EE on a per-meeting basis.

E2EE feature uses public key cryptography. The keys for each meeting are generated by participants’ machines, not by Zoom’s servers. Encrypted keys relayed through Zoom servers can never be seen Zoom since Zoom’s servers do not have the necessary decryption key.

In a blog post by Zoom, CEO Eric S. Yuan said “End-to-end encryption is another stride toward making Zoom the most secure communications platform in the world,”

“This phase of our E2EE offering provides the same security as existing end-to-end-encrypted messaging platforms, but with the video quality and scale that has made Zoom the communications solution of choice for hundreds of millions of people and the world’s largest enterprises.”

How to enable Zoom E2EE?

Zoom has rolled out the phase 1 of 4 of its E2EE offering. In Phase 1, all meeting participants both free and paid Zoom accounts must join from the desktop client, mobile app, or Zoom Rooms.

Meeting hosts can enable the setting for E2EE at the account, group, and user level and can be locked at the account or group level. All participants must have the setting enabled to join an E2EE meeting.

Note that there is a condition attached, once a user enables the E2EE feature. the app functionality is limited in the first phase of the E2EE version. It disables certain features, including join before host, cloud recording, streaming, live transcription, Breakout Rooms, polling, 1:1 private chat, and meeting reactions. Zoom users should always take note of that before enabling this version of E2EE in their meetings.

Participants can verify if the meeting is using end-to-end-encryption by looking for a green shield logo in the upper left corner of their meeting screen with a padlock in the middle. The host security code can be seen by participants to also verify the meeting is secured or the host reads the code out for participants to check that their clients display the same code.

Any user wanting to use end-to-end encryption will participate in a one time verification process such as verifying a phone number via text message. This is part of the ways Zoom is providing a safe and secure platform.

Finally, the company plans to roll out phase 2 next year with a better identity management and E2EE SSO (single sign-on) integration.

For more information about using and enabling E2EE features for your meetings, please visit here

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