Zoom: Zoom launches 5.0 update to make the platform more secure – Latest News

Zoom: Zoom launches 5.0 update to make the platform more secure - Latest News
Video conferencing app Zoom’s 5.0 update has been rolled out. This update brings one of Zoom’s most advanced security enhancements to date with support for AES 256-bit GCM encryption, which provides added protection for meeting data and greater resistance to tampering, claims the company.

Zoom end users can upgrade to Zoom 5.0 by visiting the Zoom download page. Zoom administrators can receive detailed information on how to manage this update for various endpoints in their environment on the Zoom 5.0 IT administrators page.

Here are the features the new security update has added to Zoom:

1. AES 256-bit GCM encryption

Zoom 5.0 supports the current encryption and GCM encryption. A system-wide account enablement to GCM encryption will occur on May 30, 2020, and only Zoom clients on version 5.0 or later, including Zoom Rooms, will be able to join Zoom Meetings starting May 30.

2. Report a User feature

Now, meeting hosts and co-hosts can report a user in their meeting who is misusing the Zoom platform. Found in the Security icon, the option sends a report to Zoom’s Trust & Safety team for review. The report can include a specific offense, description and optional screenshot. The Report a User function is on by default but can be turned off at the account, group, and user level in the Zoom web portal.

3. New encryption shield icon

A new encryption shield appears in the upper left of the user’s Zoom Meeting window and indicates a secure, encrypted meeting. After May 30, the shield will be green for all users, denoting enhanced GCM encryption. Clicking the icon also takes the user to the Statistics page for additional encryption details.

4. Enhanced data center information

Meeting hosts can now select data center regions at the scheduling level for meetings and webinars. The Zoom client also shows which data center the user is connected to in the Info icon in the upper left of your Zoom window. The user can get additional details in-meeting by selecting Video Settings – Statistics in the meeting controls.

Additionally, if organizations outside of China did not opt in to the China data center before the April 25 deadline, those accounts will not be able to connect to mainland China for data transit.

5. Enhancements to ending/leaving meetings

Zoom claims that it has refined the action of ending or leaving a Zoom Meeting. With a new UI update, hosts can clearly decide between ending or leaving a meeting. If the host leaves, they can now easily select a new host and have the confidence that the right person is left with host privileges.

By Jaztech

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