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Zoom Releases 100 Features for Security Menu


Thu 02 Jul 2020 | 12:06 PM
Ahmed Yasser

Zoom company announced 100 new features, including the development of end to end encryption for all free and paid users and a redesigned  as well as enhanced security menu to give users more control over privacy features in the app.

According to Zoom boss Eric Yuan, the video calling app will not stop looking to improve its security features as it marked the end of a 90-day push to improve user safety.

Yuan explained that the challenges of supporting 200 million users compared to just 10 million a few months ago are significant enough, but the privacy and security issues that have been uncovered recently present greater challenges for the company. Zoom is now freezing its feature updates and focusing on its security and privacy issues instead.

Zoom Security Menu

According to Zoom boss Eric Yuan, the video calling app will not stop looking to improve its security features as it marked the end of a 90-day push to improve user safety.

Meanwhlie, the most notable issue was the phenomenon of ‘Zoombombing’, where strangers were able to gain access to a video call and abuse other participants, often by displaying offensive images and video.

Zoom launched new safety features specifically targeting Zoombombing, including new call hosting controls and default meeting rooms where participants must be approved before they can enter a call, according to Yahoo.News.

The company reported it had made significant progress for a transparency report that details information related to requests Zoom receives for data, records, or content and the report will be out later this year with details on governmental requests for its users' account information.

Zoom Security Menu 

Noteworthy, the company's teleconferencing platform has seen a surge in users as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions around the world indoors. However, it came under fire over privacy and security issues, prompting Zoom to roll out major upgrades.

Also, it plans to offer end-to-end encryption for video calls to both free and paying users and launch a trial version in July.

Last week, Zoom took another step towards tackling these concerns and named former Salesforce.com Inc security executive Jason Lee as its chief information security officer.

Later, Zoom Video Communications Inc. has revealed that about 100 million users have used its videotelephony service in just 22 days.

The tech company stated that more than 300 million are using the Zoom application daily, explaining that the number of users increased 50% within three weeks.

Zoom Security

From firms, to politicians, schools, and organizations, millions around the world, who work from homes, after imposing a worldwide lockdown, use the application to communicate together. The company indicated that it is in the process of updating the cryptographic properties in its application, to overcome security concerns, amid a big jump in the number of users.

Zoom has faced a number of criticisms from cyber security experts and users, due to coding gaps. Meantime, Zoom share price increased by 18.84% to $169.09 after announcing the new number of users

Google Meet and Microsoft Teams already offer a comprehensive video-meeting service, yet, after Zoom integrates with Otter.ai it can catch up to competitors.

Zoom is an American communications tech company headquartered in California. It was founded by Eric, a Chinese-American businessman, in 2011.

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