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End-to-End Encryption (E2EE) in Zoom has arrived


Cybersecurity was the primary issue faced by Zoom’s users, but now even the solution for this has arrived. Zoom has announced the fresh new feature of end-to-end encryption, making every call made on Zoom secure.

Zoom declares that this end-to-end encryption(E2EE) feature will be available on every device, whether it be Mac, PC, iOS, and Android apps, as well as Zoom Rooms. This feature will not be available for Zoom’s web client or third parties that use Zoom SDK.

The call will be encrypted between the organizer and users or participants inside the meeting, not letting Zoom access the conversation anyhow.

This feature is available for both types of users, free and paid. This feature secures the meeting and allows the users only to access the content, not even Zoom.

What will E2EE provide?

Along with this, Zoom has also launched the technical review, which will allow Zoom to ask for feedback on the feature for 30 days that would ultimately help Zoom rectify any of the issues regarding this feature.

Zoom clarifies that the E2EE feature will still be available after this span of 30 days, and the instructions on how to enable it is available on Zoom’s help center tab.

Zoom previously also provided encryption, but the data was only encrypted between the Zoom meeting organizers and Zoom servers. Not the end-to-end encryption was available between participants.

Once E2EE is enabled, you can check that the Zoom call is encrypted by noticing the green shield at the top left of the meeting window. The green shield’s padlock will define the call is end-to-end encrypted instead of a checkmark on the green shield.

Where will E2EE work and where it won’t?

Although the E2EE feature is considered more secure, it doesn’t work on many Zoom features like cloud recording, live transcription, polling, and meeting reactions.

Using Telephone, SIP/H.323 devices, on-premise configurations, or Lync/Skype clients won’t make encryption work as calls made by these devices can’t be encrypted, as said by Zoom. The feature will allow a limited amount of participants, a maximum of 200.

End to end encryption is available for both paid and primary users. Still, a condition is applied for the primary user because they will have to verify their phone with an SMS and need a valid billing option.

Previously, it was said by Zoom that this feature wouldn’t be available for the free users as Zoom didn’t want the service to engage in any unlawful activity.

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