Cybersecurity experts advise that you should convert your video meetings to an encryption system to ensure privacy and security online. The use of video conferencing applications such as Zoom became popular in that period, due to the application of precautionary measures to confront the emerging coronavirus.
The specialized scientific site, Popular Science, published a report about adding the Zoom application to the encrypted visual meeting feature that does not allow any third party to see the nature of those meetings or breach their privacy.
Cybersecurity experts say that the encryption option is no longer a complementary matter, but rather an enforceable thing. Encrypted communications alone are a mixture of incomprehensible characters that require a key to translate this tampering into clear text messages, audio clips, or video calls.
Through this method, any intruders, espionage, hacking, or hackers can be prevented from eavesdropping on daily meetings, whether for work or personal life.
The Secret of Zoom
But the secret in the Zoom app is that its end-to-end encryption system is not automatic, and a person has to activate it on the app.
Matt Crohn, head of security engineering at Zoom said, the new protocol for encryption was a technical preview, so it's not a default for the app.
But although his statements are unclear or understandable, Zoom offers a strong encryption system on 4 layers, which makes it very good to use. Perhaps what the Zoom official did not mention or make encrypted video calls the default on Zoom, it will make you lose a number of other features of the application, such as:
Ability to join video calls by host
Cloud recording for video calls
· Live broadcast
Private chats amid video meetings
Private responses in video meetings
Therefore, Zoom said it recommends that its users activate the encryption option only for sensitive communications or meetings, which require additional layers of protection and cybersecurity.
Steps to activate encryption on Zoom
You can activate the encryption option on the Zoom app for video calls as follows:
Log in to the Zoom website, then click on Settings
Choose the meeting icon, and go to the security option
Scroll down to turn on the toggle, next to Allow end-to-end encryption
Mark the circle next to the end-to-end encryption
The application will request verification of your account using a valid phone number
Then, when you open the application, you will find in the upper left corner of the screen when you are hosting or receiving a green shield meeting with a lock, as evidence of the activation of encryption, according to Sputnik.