Zoom rolled out new security tools

The US Senate has asked its members to stop using Zoom because of their privacy concerns. Also the Governments of Germany and Taiwan. Elon Musk's SpaceX did the same on its employees' computers. And recently it has been Google, a direct rival, the company that has banned the use of this popular video calling application.

All this controversy arises as a result of different security and privacy problems revealed in recent weeks. The first one is that through the screen sharing option, a public link of the video call is automatically generated, something that allows access to anyone who intercepts this link. It is not the only problem, as Zoom would not have, according to The Intercept, end-to-end encryption for its video calls. This is coupled with news reports that Zoom has shared thousands of user data without your permission.

Now, to deal with this situation, Zoom has hired Alex Stamos, former Chief Security Officer of Yahoo and Facebook, as a security and protection advisor, and has announced through a statement different security tools to correct some points where he has been criticized.


What security measures has Zoom implemented


Zoom is taking note of all the criticism. To such an extent that Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom, has posted YouTube video to apologize. But the words are carried away by the wind. For this reason, the company has also announced a series of updates regarding security and privacy.

"We recognize that various security settings in Zoom, while extremely useful, were also extremely dispersed," the company defends.


New Security Option

In the latest update (version 4.6.10) a new control option called Security is incorporated. Through this icon, users can activate and configure various related tools. Those responsible for the meeting will have access in one place to the options to block the video call, activate a waiting room, remove participants and restrict the participants ' permissions to share screen, chat, rename and annotate.
According to Zoom, with this new menu users will have better control of the security of their meetings. A new tool that will be available to all users of the Mac, Windows, Android, iOS applications, as well as the web client.


Individual participant control options.


Zoom now hides the conversation ID

In addition to the Security menu, Zoom explains that the conversation ID will no longer be displayed in the meeting, to prevent other users from knowing the ID and posting screenshots with this information. 
Other changes are related to the waiting rooms, activated by default in the Basic and Pro versions, as well as in the education rooms of the K-12 program.

Regarding passwords, these will also be activated by default in meetings of Basic accounts and Pro single license. Contact domains will not be visible and the option to automatically complete the contact list with users from the same domain has been removed. Finally, meeting administrators will be able to remove participants' permission to rename themselves.

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