Zoom 5.0: Your video calls are now safe and secure

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Published: May 4, 2020 5:30:07 AM

What does the new encryption algorithm mean for you, and what other security functionality should users be aware of?

Meeting hosts and co-hosts can report a user in their meeting who is misusing the Zoom platform.

The latest update to Zoom video conferencing app is now generally available. This release delivers 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. What does this new encryption algorithm mean for you, and what other security functionality should users be aware of? Here are five things that answer your queries about Zoom 5.0:

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.

Report a User feature
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.

New encryption icon
A new encryption shield appears in the upper left of Zoom Meeting window and indicates a secure, encrypted meeting. After May 30, the shield will be green, denoting enhanced GCM encryption.

Enhanced data center information

Meeting hosts can now select data centre regions at the scheduling level for meetings and webinars. The Zoom client also shows which data centre you’re connected to in the Info icon.

Ending/leaving meetings

Zoom has refined the action of ending or leaving a Zoom Meeting to make it easier and more secure. With a new UI update, hosts can decide between ending or leaving. If the host leaves, they can select a new host and have the confidence that the right person is left with host privileges.

Additional security enhancements:

Profile picture control: Account admins and hosts can disable the ability for participants to show their profile picture and prevent changing it in a meeting.

Minimum password length: This will be six characters for meetings, webinars, and cloud recordings.

Cloud recording security: Admins and meeting hosts can set expirations on their cloud recordings and can disable the sharing of their recordings.

Updating to Zoom 5.0
Zoom end users: Upgrade to Zoom 5.0 by visiting the Zoom download page.

Zoom administrators: Get detailed information on how to manage this update for various endpoints in your environment on the Zoom 5.0 IT administrators page.

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