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Security And Encryption Level In Zoom Meeting Up Raised


04/22/2020


Security And Encryption Level In Zoom Meeting Up Raised
Amid a worldwide warning about the weakness in the security system of the video conferencing application Zoom in terms of personal information and other data exchanged over the platform, the company owning the application, Zoom Video Communications Inc, has assured that its encryption features on its video conferencing app is being upgraded so that the meeting data is better safeguarded. The company also said that it is also taking measures to offer protection for users of the app against tampering.
 
The company said in a statement that the new version of the app, Zoom 5.0, will be release by it within this week that will have upgraded security.
 
In less than three months since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of users for of the app has risen from about 10 million to surpass 200 million globally. The app and the company was however criticized by users as well as a number of national governments after researchers discovered bugs in the codes of the app. The company was criticized of having failed to disclose to its users that there was no end-to-end encryption in its services.
 
A number of several companies, schools and governments were forced to stop using the platform after there were discovery of a issues with the app, primarily what has been called "Zoombombing" incidents where uninvited people are able to enter into an ongoing meeting.
 
As a response to the criticism, the company had recently appointed the former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos as an adviser, initiating a 90-day plan to improve the app and started efforts to plug the gaps in security. The company is now competing with the likes of Microsoft Teams and Cisco's Webex services.
 
A number of changes to the user interface of the app was made by the company, Zoom said, which included using of passwords and granting greater control to the hosts of meetings oin order to check unruly participants crashing the virtual meetings.
 
It would now be possible for an account admin to choose data center regions for their meetings, said Zoom while responding to the criticism that the company had routed some data through Chinese servers.
 
Zoom shares were up 3 per cent at US$147.35 in early trading.
 
(Source:www.channelnewsasia.com)