Zoom Video Communications, Inc. has upgraded Zoom’s security with the release of Zoom 5.0. 

Zoom’s new version proactively enhances the security and privacy capabilities of its platform, developed in the company’s 90-day plan.

“When faced with questions over security and privacy, Zoom reacted quickly and very publicly to the challenges, including their CEO holding weekly public security briefings,” noted Wayne Kurtzman, IDC Research Director for Social, Communities, and Collaboration.

“I am proud to reach this step in our 90-day plan, but this is just the beginning. We built our business by delivering happiness to our customers. We will earn our customers’ trust and deliver them happiness with our unwavering focus on providing the most secure platform,” said Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan.

AES 256-bit GCM encryption support was added to Zoom, providing increased data protection and security against tampering, providing confidentiality and integrity assurances on your Zoom Meeting, Zoom Video Webinar, and Zoom Phone data.

“From our network to our feature set to our user experience, everything is being put through rigorous scrutiny. On the back end, AES 256-bit GCM encryption will raise the bar for securing our users’ data in transit,” said Oded Gal, CPO of Zoom.

Aside from new GCM encryption, Zoom had these following security updates:

  • Control Data Routing: The account admin can choose which data center regions their account-hosted meetings and webinars use for real-time traffic at the account, group, or user level.
  • Security icon: Zoom’s security features are now compiled together through the icon located in the meeting menu bar on the hosts’ interface.
  • Robust host controls: Hosts can “Report a User” and disable the ability for participants to rename themselves. The screen sharing defaults to the host only for education users.
  • Waiting Room default-on: Waiting Room is on by default for education, Basic, and single-license Pro accounts. All hosts can also turn on the Waiting Room while the meeting is already in progress.
  • Meeting password complexity and default-on: Meeting passwords is on by default for most customers, including all Basic, single-license Pro, and K-12 customers. Administered accounts can define password complexity and adjust the length of the pin required for accessing voicemail.
  • Cloud recordings passwords: Passwords are set by default for those accessing cloud recordings aside from the meeting host.
  • Secure Account Contact Sharing: Supports new data structure for organizations; they can link contacts across several accounts that can easily and securely search and find meetings, chat, and phone contacts of people.
  • Dashboard enhancement: Admins on business, enterprise, and education plans can view how their meetings are connecting to Zoom data centers in their Zoom Dashboard, including any data centers connected to HTTP Tunnel servers, Conference Room Connectors and gateways.
  • Other features: Users can hide snippets of chats in Zoom Chat notifications, non-PMI meetings now have 11-digit IDs, meeting ID, and Invite option has been moved from the main Zoom interface to the Participants menu to avoid accidentally sharing their meeting ID.

Zoom 5.0 upgrade is available at zoom.com/download.

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