At the end of October, Zoom began offering end-to-end encryption (E2EE) to its mobile and desktop users, about 5 months after announcing its plans to develop strong encryption and advanced security features.
(Zoom) announced that the end-to-end encryption feature is available to users via Android, Windows and Mac systems now, while the (iOS) version of the (Zoom) application is still awaiting approval after reviewing the Apple App Store.
The feature is also available to users of the free and paid version as a 30-day technical preview, as the platform aims to collect customer opinions about their experience with the feature to develop it better.
We’ll walk you through how to enable the end-to-end encryption feature in Zoom for your video sessions:
A person can host up to 200 participants in an encrypted Zoom meeting, providing more privacy and security for your Zoom sessions. But there is a problem because the feature works to disable many other features, including: private chats, Breakout Rooms, and more.
First; How does the end-to-end encryption feature work in Zoom meetings?
As stated in the feature announcement post on the Zoom blog; The end-to-end encryption feature uses encryption (256-bit AES-GCM) which is used in securing Zoom meetings by default, but the difference in the new feature is that it stores encryption keys within users’ devices, not within (Zoom) servers, which means that the company itself It cannot access the key and cannot decrypt your meeting data.
Accordingly; After activating the end-to-end encryption feature in the Zoom platform, it will be impossible for anyone outside of the call to access the meeting or view its data, and this applies to the Zoom company itself that provides you with the service. Zoom’s privacy policies were audited at the beginning of this year, after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic contributed to the platform’s popularity.
Second; Can you access all the features of a regular Zoom meeting?
The answer is no; Enabling this version of the encryption feature in Zoom meetings disables certain features, including:
– Join before the host.
– Live transcription feature.
– Surveys feature.
– Breakout Rooms,
– Private chats at meetings.
The good news is that the encryption feature can be easily enabled and disabled for specific meetings so that you don’t permanently lose access to these features, which gives you the freedom to set the level of privacy and features you want for each call and meeting you host.
But keep in mind that the feature is in the first stage of technical testing, so some of these restrictions could be lifted when the second phase is implemented in 2021. However; In order to use the end-to-end encryption (E2EE) feature during the first stage all participants must turn on the setting before joining an encrypted meeting.
Third; How to enable end-to-end encryption in Zoom:
– Go to your Zoom account through this link.
– Click on the (Settings) option in the menu that appears on the left side of the screen.
– Click on the Meeting tab.
– Click on the option (security) Security.
– Scroll down until you reach (Allow use of end-to-end encryption), and do it by pressing the toggle button next to it.