Video communication and video conferencing have become an integral part not only of everyday life, but also of the workflow. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, people are more likely than ever to use remote communication opportunities with friends, family and work colleagues. Zoom quickly became the most popular video conferencing service and continues to be, despite widespread criticism from security experts. Nearly five months after acquiring encryption startup Keybase, Zoom announced that it will begin rolling out end-to-end encryption to all users next week as part of a preview of its app.
After this feature is implemented, users will see the corresponding changes. For example, an encrypted video conference will contain a green shield icon with a padlock in the middle in the upper left corner of the screen. Participants in a video meeting will also be able to view the host’s security code, which can be used to verify that the meeting is indeed encrypted with end-to-end encryption. The latter means that the data is available only to the participants of the video conference, and third parties cannot access it.
Users will be able to enable end-to-end encryption at the account, group and user level. All attendees will need to enable this setting before they can join an encrypted meeting. It should be noted that in this case, not all functions will be available to users, for example, the ability to join the meeting before the organizer, cloud recording, real-time transcription, chat rooms, reactions, one-to-one chat and voting during communication using end-to-end encryption.