Zoom will now offer a standard security tool in all its communications, which previously was only available to paying users…
Zoom recently announced it will provide end-to-end encryption for all its users, both free and paid. To prevent nefarious abuse of its platform, CEO Eric Yuan explained users paying and those on their basic plan will be required to participate in a single authentication process. This will include verification of the users’ phone numbers and other personal details.
Zoom Announces End-to-End Encryption
Zoom has been under pressure of late due to the lack of serious security measures. Now, the company is taking strong steps to reassure both enterprise and individual users alike of its privacy protections:
“We are also pleased to share what we have identified a path forward that balances the legitimate right of all users to privacy and the safety of users on our platform. Verifying the identities of free participants will help the company combat abuse taking place on its platform.”
The early beta version of its end-to-end encryption feature is all set to launch next month in July. (However, no particular date has been announced just yet.) With Zoom’s spectacular rise during the pandemic, it was also very susceptible to hackers. Hence, the term ‘Zoombombing’ was coined. This as a result of multiple reports of Zoom calls being hacked. Some of which contained pornography and racial slurs.
End-to-end encryption makes communications impenetrable for third-parties to break into. With Zoom supplying encryption, it will help to instill a sense of trust among its many end-users.