Starting next week, Zoom will be rolling out an end to end encryption or (E2EE) for all its users. It will disable some Zoom features but, it will give you the perks of hosting up to 200 participants thru E2EE meetings on the video conference platform no matter if you are a paid or free user.
It will be a four-phase process for the end to end encryption rollout. Phase 1 is that the feature will be initially available as part of its technical screening. Thus it will give the users enough time to provide their comments and feedback to Zoom for the first month. Meanwhile, Zoom is planning to conduct its Phase 2 by 2021. It will incorporate an end to end encryption that comes with a single-sign-on integration and has a better identification management system.
The use of Zoom as the primary tool to communicate, whether for hosting a meeting or using it for any virtual communication, thrives during the pandemic. However, critics also surface along the way due to security and safety practices. End to end encryption is a way to use the application safer.
Before, Zoom distributes to the users the encryption keys upon generating them. But now, using the end to end encryption, the host of the meeting will be the one to create the encryption keys and use public-key cryptography to allocate the keys to the other participants of the meeting.
Zoom already announced the plans for the end-to-end encryption for paid users. But after getting an adverse reaction to the statement, the company committed that all users will get the ‘highest level of security.’ However, free users will need to undergo a one-time verification process before they can fully utilize end-to-end encryption.
If you enable the end to end encryption while using Zoom’s latest version will give some disadvantages on using certain features like meeting reactions, live transcriptions, cloud recording, join before host, streaming, polling, 1:1 private chat, and Breakout Rooms.
Users can search for a green shield logo with a padlock in the center to ensure the meeting is using E2EE. Anyone can find this in the upper left corner of the meeting screen; it shows that the meeting enables end to end encryption. Participants will also notice the host’s security code. Having the same number on everyone’s screen indicates the conference is in E2EE.
How to Use the End to End encryption
To use the end-to-end encryption, users need to enable the E2EE meetings at the account level and opt-in E2EE on a pre-meeting basis. The meeting host can allow and modify the setting for end-to-end encryption at the user level or account group and be locked at the group or account level. All the participants must have the setting enabled in joining an E2EE meeting,
Zoom said that all users must join the E2EE meeting from Zoom Rooms, Zoom desktop client, or the mobile app.