In order to make it easier for admins and organizations to protect their users and prevent security breaches right from our own platform, Zoom has rolled out enhanced Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). The Two-Factor Authentication identifies online users by requiring them to present two or more pieces of evidence, or credentials, that authenticate their ownership of the account, such as something the user knows (a password or pin), something the user owns (a smart card or mobile device), or something the user has (fingerprints, voice).
According to an official blog post, the video-conferencing platform revealed that Zoom’s 2FA within our unified communications platform provides a secure way to validate users and protect against security breaches and provides a number of benefits. This includes:
- Reduced risk of identity theft and security breaches
With 2FA, organizations can reduce the risk of identity theft and security breaches by adding an extra layer of security that prevents bad actors from accessing accounts by guessing passwords or gaining access to employees’ or students’ devices.
- Enhanced compliance
Implementing 2FA helps organizations meet compliance obligations for sensitive data and customer information.
- Reduced costs
For small businesses and schools, it can be expensive to pay for an SSO service. Zoom’s 2FA provides a free and effective way to validate users and protect against security breaches.
- Easier credential management
2FA provides an additional level of security that spares users from constant password management.
With Zoom’s 2FA, users have the option to use authentication apps that support Time-Based One-Time Password (TOTP) protocol (such as Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, and FreeOTP), or have Zoom send a code via SMS or phone call, as the second factor of the account authentication process.
In order to enable Zoom’s 2FA at the account-level for password-based authentication, account admins should take the following steps:
- Sign in to the Zoom Dashboard
- In the navigation menu, click Advanced, then Security.
- Make sure the Sign in with Two-Factor Authentication option is enabled.
- Select one of these options to enable 2FA for:
- All users in your account: Enable 2FA for all users in the account.
- Users with specific roles: Enable 2FA for roles with the specified roles.
- Click Select specified roles, choose the roles, and then click OK.
- Users belonging to specific groups: Enable 2FA for users that are in the specified groups. Click the pencil icon, choose the groups, and then click OK.
- Click ‘Save’ to confirm your 2FA settings.
The two-factor authentication (2FA) is a two-step sign-in process that requires a one-time code from a mobile app or text message, in addition to the main Zoom sign-in. This provides an additional layer of security since users will need access to their phone to sign in to the Zoom web portal, desktop client, mobile app, or Zoom Room.
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