Zoom has begun rolling out end-to-end encryption functionality to both paid and free users globally. The feature is available on the Zoom 5.4 desktop client for Mac and PC, Android Zoom and iOS app. It is also available on Zoom rooms but not on its web client or third party clients using Zoom SDK. Zoom noted that when users enable end-to-end encryption, no one but the attendee, not even Zoom’s meeting servers have access to the encryption keys used to encrypt the meeting.
This is just the initial launch of the four phases and is in technical preview, which means Zoom is open to feedback for the new end-to-end launch. encryption functionality for 30 days. However, Zoom noted that the feature will also be available after the 30-day technical preview period. The end-to-end encryption feature is available to both attendees and those hosting sessions with up to 200 attendees.
Zoom noted that the end-to-end encryption feature provides an extra layer of security, but some Zoom features are limited in this release. Individual Zoom users should determine if they need these features before enabling this version of E2EE in their meetings. Features that are limited after enabling end-to-end encryption in Zoom include features such as join before host, cloud recording, streaming, live transcript, meeting rooms, polls, 1: 1 private chat and meeting reactions.
So in case users don’t use these features, they can go ahead and enable the end-to-end encryption feature. If they feel they can’t do without the above tools, they should wait for the next versions of end-to-end encryption. To enable the end-to-end encryption feature for their use, users need to follow the given steps:
– Log in to the Zoom web portal.
– In the navigation panel, click Settings.
– Click the Meeting tab.
– In Security, verify that Allow use of end-to-end encryption is enabled.
– If the setting is off, click the switch to turn it on. If a verification dialog appears, click Activate to verify the change.
Zoom notes that if the option is disabled, it has been locked out at the group or account level. You need to contact your Zoom administrator.
– In Security, choose the default encryption type.
– Click Save.
End-to-end encryption can be made mandatory by administrators and they will be able to change this setting at the user, group, or even the entire account level. Users will see a green lock on the screen if they are in an end-to-end encrypted conversation.
Zoom implemented its end-to-end encryption early on for all paid and free users. The feature has some limitations when it comes to compatibility with other Zoom features.
- Zoom is rolling out end-to-end encryption for both its paid and free users globally.
- The feature is available on the Zoom 5.4 desktop client for Mac and PC, Zoom Android and iOS app.
- This is just the initial launch of the four phases and is in technical preview, which means Zoom is open to feedback.