Zoom 5.0 update released with several security improvements amidst public backlash

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 23 Apr 2020
Zoom 5.0 update released with several security improvements amidst public backlash
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Zoom 5.0 released with new security features

Zoom adds support for AES 256-bit GCM encryption and a dedicated security button

Indian government has issued advisory against using Zoom video calling app

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Zoom has released a 5.0 update to its popular video conferencing service with many security and privacy improvements that give the company some breathing space amidst public backlash. The Indian government even issued an advisory that states Zoom isn’t a safe platform for official communication and hence restricted its employees from using the app for official work. 

Zoom’s latest update targets this outrage with reinforced security features like the support for AES 256-bit encryption, the ability to report a user and more. In a statement to the press, Oded Gal, CPO of Zoom said, “From our network to our feature set to our user experience, everything is being put through rigorous scrutiny. On the back end, AES 256-bit GCM encryption will raise the bar for securing our users’ data in transit. On the front end, I’m most excited about the Security icon in the meeting menu bar. This takes our security features, existing and new, and puts them front and centre for our meeting hosts. With millions of new users, this will make sure they have instant access to important security controls in their meetings.”

Zoom 5.0 update details

Zoom’s latest update brings more robust network support with new control options and a focus on improving the user experience. The update brings support for AES 256-bit GCM encryption standard that strengthens the security of data transmitted between calls making it secure from unauthorized access.

This new encryption technology is being rolled out to Zoom Meeting, Webinar and Phone data will be activated on May 30, after all accounts have been seeded the 5.0 update. Moreover, administrators can now choose to control which data centre is being used to route traffic to your Zoom meeting.

The new update also adds a dedicated security menu button in the video calling interface that groups together all the necessary security options. Zoom meeting hosts will also be able to report a user from Security settings and restrict participants from changing their log-in names.

Zoom users who own a Basic, education or a Pro account will now notice that the waiting room is enabled by default for hosts to keep participants ready to join the meeting. The update also activates meeting passwords by default and hosts can even modify the password complexity.

Call recordings stored on cloud servers can be accessed by hosts without any password but everyone else would require a password to access those recordings.

Zoom 5.0 also brings in support for organizations to link contacts across multiple accounts for people to easily search for meetings and chats.

 
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