How To Secure Zoom Calls With End-To-End Encryption

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Zoom calls have become the trend of recent times. Since the increase of the pandemic, this app is being used by a large number of the world. However, one thing that is a concerning factor for everybody is the privacy issue. The chance of the calls being accessed by unauthorized authorities is a scary part of using these apps. 

Zoom’s authorities have addressed this issue and have come up with a real solution. The end to end encryption. Zoom’s end to end encryption feature is a relief for those whose privacy and online safety matters. But this is not a default feature, and the user has to enable it in their settings. Otherwise, the application continues to be less than secure while connecting with others. 

This article will talk about the different methods to enable the end to end encryption of Zoom.

Encrypted communications are a group of jumbled characters that are very difficult to understand. Therefore, there is a necessity for a key to translate these messages into understandable components. They may include video calls, audio clips and even messages. 

The default feature of zoom is the AES 256-bit GCM encryption, where the keys are generated by the company servers themselves. Therefore, they are very much comprehensible even if they are transmitted from the user’s laptop to colleagues very securely.  As the communication key is developed by the company itself, they can easily decrypt and understand the messages in no time. It also makes it possible for literally anybody to access this information.

All you have to do is log in to the Zoom Website and go to the settings option. In the meeting tab, go to security and turn on the toggle that asks for end-to-end encryption. 

The E2E encryption makes the device the sole owner of the communication with the sole authority to create, manage and store them. The zoom servers on the other hand will only see certain characters that act like an unintelligible code. However, the reason to not make it the default feature is also because of the same. 

The functionality of the feature has its limitations too. The E2E encrypted calls will allow only the users who connect through the desktop of the mobile app.  The others using the dial-in method or third party connections will not be allowed in this scenario. 

The E2E encryption feature was available from October of 2020. It was accessible by both the paid and non paid users of Zoom. However, the free users will have to add an option for billing as well as verify this account.

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