The zoom starts implementing end-to-end encryption to everyone

One of the criticisms Zoom received despite its popularity was related to end-to-end encryption. And after much debate and controversy, Zoom's team announced that an E2EE encryption feature would be implemented in one of its future updates.

An option that would be available to both users with premium and free accounts. And while this feature is still in beta, it starts to be implemented to all users. However, there are some details you should know before implementing this option in your account.

This is how Zoom end-to-end encryption works

The dynamic that Zoom proposes with its encryption is that the user activates it manually when they want to use it. That is, you'll need to enable this feature from the settings and then turn it on when you start a video conference.

While it seems like a strange option to have to manually activate it at each meeting, as all users will want to have the security plus of endpoint encryption enabled by default, this has a reason. Enabling E2EE encryption leaves out some of Zoom's popular features.

For example, you won't be able to count on live transcription, 1:1 private chats, automatic cloud recording, reactions, streaming, among other options. It is also out any possibility to join by phone, Lync/Skype clients, among others. Of course, these features won't be available only temporarily.

You can test this E2E encryption dynamic from the Zoom app for Android, the desktop version and Zoom Rooms. And of course, all participants will need to enable this feature from the configuration before joining a meeting with this encryption. And as mentioned by the Zoom team, they will have this level of security:

In an E2EE-enabled meeting, no one except each participant, not even Zoom servers, has access to the encryption keys that are used to encrypt the meeting.

And as the image above shows, you'll see a green shield when encryption is active in the meeting. At the moment, this is the dynamic that Zoom's end-to-end encryption proposes. Let's remember that you're still in the early stages of your beta phase, so it'll get better over time.

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