After a number of global companies and governments across the world urged people to refrain from using Zoom, the video-conferencing software’s team has been hard at work delivering additional features that further secure your Zoom meeting and webinar experiences. It has now come out with the new password options, Zoom’s random meeting ID generator, and other Zoom platform developments. Let’s take a quick look at what new features Zoom has introduced to safeguard its users form facing any vulnerabilities while participating in virtual meetings or webinars.
Password requirements: For meetings and webinars, account owners and admins can now configure minimum meeting password requirements to adjust the minimum length and require letters, numbers, and special characters, or allow only numeric passwords. All free Basic accounts will have the alphanumeric option on by default.
Random meeting IDs: One-time randomly generated meetings IDs for newly scheduled meetings and webinars will be 11 digits instead of nine. Your Personal Meeting ID (PMI) will remain the same.
Cloud recordings: Password protection for shared cloud recordings is now on by default for all accounts. “We’ve also enhanced the complexity of passwords on your cloud recordings. Existing shared recordings are not affected,” as per the official blog post.
Third-party file sharing: You can once again use third-party platforms, such as Box, Dropbox, and OneDrive, to share across the Zoom platform. The blog post by Zoom further added, “We temporarily disabled this feature and have restored it after a full security review of the process.”
Zoom Chat message preview: Zoom Chat users can hide the message preview for desktop chat notifications. If this is turned off, the users will simply be alerted that they have a new message without displaying any message content.
Besides this, the Zoom team asserted that it has also fixed issues related to missing data and delay on the Zoom Dashboard. “We will continue to monitor and make improvements to dashboard and reporting performance,” the company revealed in an official blog post.
Moreover, Zoom announced that it will be working with Luta Security to reboot our bug bounty program. Luta Security will be assessing Zoom’s program holistically with a 90-day “get well” plan, which will cover all internal vulnerability handling processes.
Recently, Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan introduced Alex Stamos, former CSO of Facebook and the director of Stanford’s Internet Observatory, who will be joining Zoom as a consultant to help us identify and implement enhanced security measures.
“There is no more interesting or impactful issue than allowing people to live their lives through this quarantine. There’s never been a company that has had to scale this quickly, and supporting hundreds of millions of people is a fascinating technical challenge. I’m very excited to join this incredibly fast-moving team,” stated Alex.
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