Zoom launches 5.0 update: Check out new features and how to handles security issues

The Zoom video calling app was the most-used device for people to remain connected in the Coronavirus lockdown. As its popularity increased, so did its security flaws, and it soon became known that Zoom is not secure as one would think. Zoom discussed the security flaws and its 90-day plan aimed to counter them. Zoom has now launched a new update as part of the same 90-day plan the Zoom 5.0 with new features, security enhancements and more.


Updated: Apr 23, 2020 17:00 IST


Niranjani Jesentha Kumari P

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Zoom 5.0

Zoom has announced its latest update to Zoom 5.0, via a blog post, which will soon be available to all users. As part of the latest update, Zoom will get the primary benefit of the AES 256-bit GCM encryption. The strengthened encryption would give the Zoom data greater protection and will not be vulnerable to any attacks. The confidentiality of Zoom Meetings, Zoom Video Webinars, and Zoom Phone data will be improved. Additionally, account administrators would be subject to data routing control to determine the regions of the data centre.

The Waiting Room feature, which was recently revealed, is switched on by default. The app allows hosts to keep in a virtual meeting room until the meeting starts. Zoom password complexity will also be turned on by default, and the complexity of the password can be determined by managed accounts. Zoom Phone admins can set the length of the PIN.

Additionally, users can determine whether or not they want their chat updates in the form of snippets, non-PMI meetings now get tough 11-digit IDs, and meeting ID and Invite choices will now be put in the Participants menu, so users don't accidentally share their meeting IDs.

As for the users, some new features are available. All the security features of the Zoom are now compiled and can be reached by selecting the protection icon in the toolbar. Hosts on the video calling platform can report a user via the security icon and can share the screen for educational purposes alone.