Zoom finally announced that it’s starting to roll out end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for all users, marking a significant change in the security deployment of one of the most famous video-conferencing apps.
The Zoom platform has had its share of problems amid its rise to fame, mostly due to the coronavirus pandemic. Because the company allowed users without premium accounts to join and use the platform, the number of people on the platform increased substantially.
This generated unintended side effects, as security researchers started to scrutinize the platform. They found numerous vulnerabilities and discovered that the company is not really encrypting conversations as they were claiming, or least not by using an industry standard.
“Zoom’s end-to-end encryption (E2EE) offering will be available as a technical preview, which means we’re proactively soliciting feedback from users for the first 30 days,” said Max Krohn, head of security and engineering at the company. “Zoom users – free and paid – around the world can host up to 200 participants in an E2EE meeting on Zoom, providing increased privacy and security for your Zoom sessions.”
For now, only a handful of people will benefit from the Zoom features, but the encryptions should make their way to the general public soon.
Zoom has made some progress in recent months, dealing with malevolent users entering open meetings and abusing participants and to more zero-day severe vulnerabilities, some of which threat actors used in the wild.