How to secure your zoom calls in this pandemic

In this Covid post-era, the need for online calling has increased exponentially. More and more people have started working home and, in this scenario, the best tool to have is zoom online video calling. However, there is a risk of your data being compromised due to the lack of cyber security in the application.

For those concerned about their online privacy and security, Zoom’s end-to-end (E2E) encryption is fantastic news. However, since the option is not activated by default, you might also be communicating with buddies, families, and coworkers using the less-than-perfectly protected basic encryption protocol of the video calling service.

Why there is a need of end-to-end encryption

Secure communications are a jumble of nonsensical characters on their own, and they need a key to convert them into understandable text messages, audio files, or video calls. The location of key generation, management, and storage is the primary distinction between encryption methods.

For example, Zoom’s default AES 256-bit GCM encryption creates keys on its own servers. This ensures that the contents of your team’s everyday staff meeting are also securely transmitted from your computer to your colleagues’ computers or cellphones over the internet. However, since Zoom has access to the communication’s secret, they could theoretically decode any message you send. Anyone who has access to Zoom’s computers, from a hacker to a security department, will be able to see what you’ve been dreaming about.

Your computer creates, maintains, and saves the key to your communications when you use E2E encryption. This means Zoom’s servers only receive a jumble of unintelligible text, which they then route to their intended target. What you said, the picture you shared, and the story you wish you could take back was never seen by the organization.

Why E2E is not automatic

When you allow E2E encryption on Zoom, you lose accessibility to a number of other features automatically. This includes features such as joining a call ahead of the host, cloud logging, video streaming, and live transcription. Others, such as private one-on-one chats and meeting responses, are disabled based on the Zoom version you’re using.

There are still some limits to the features. Users that dial in or communicate to third-party clients like Lync or Skype are unable to enter E2E encrypted calls whether they use Zoom Rooms, the desktop interface, or the smartphone app.

Setting up E2E encryption

Sign into the Zoom website on your device and choose Settings. Select Security from the Meeting tab, then scroll down to the toggle switch next to Allow use of end-to-end encryption. When you do, a new option to select an encryption form will appear below; select End-to-end encryption by checking the circle next to it. If you aren’t a paid customer, the site will ask you to validate your account by entering your authenticated contact number.

The guidelines are the same when you’re handling a group of users or a whole enterprise account. Click User Management, then Group Management, before clicking Settings. More information is available in Zoom’s support hub.

When you allow E2E encryption, you’ll see a green shield with a lock in the top left corner of your computer the next time you host a meeting. Click it to see if E2E encryption is turned on, and then click Verify to make sure your contact is secure. When you do, a pop-up window of eight sets of five digits will appear. Once everybody is online, have them all open the same browser. Read the numbers out loud, and if they fit, you’re now linked to the best protection on the internet.