Zoom has been a key work-from-home tool for many users in 2020. That being said, the company isn’t renowned for its stance on security. Now, with the addition of end-to-end encryption (E2EE), that may be about to change.
First announced in June, sessions hosting up to 200 participants will gain E2EE from next week and will be available to paying and non-paying customers. The only caveat is that it’s not a switch that stays flicked. Users will need to opt-in to use it before every meeting.
It seems a nuisance, but this is apparently by design. With E2EE, a number of meeting features will be unavailable. This includes the ability to join before the host, live transcription, and cloud recording. Users will also have to forego social functionality too, like Breakout Rooms, polling, and meeting reactions.
Users will be alerted if they’ve entered an encrypted meeting by a green shield symbol in the top-left. And if you still aren’t convinced, you can also compare the security code on your screen to the host’s.