Zoom Now Has A New Security Feature; Rolls Out Two-Factor Authentication

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Occasioned by the global Coronavirus pandemic, Zoom grew to solve the problem individuals and businesses encountered in the process of ensuring physical distancing.

The video conferencing app created a platform for users to have large meetings in real time.

While the app solved a major problem created by the Covid-19 outbreak, it also encountered security challenges that made users take a beat.

In a new update currently rolling out, Zoom has solved one of the major problems faced by apps – security.

Zoom has now rolled out a feature that enables Two-factor Authentication for all users on its mobile and desktop apps.

The new security feature allow customers to secure their account with an extra layer of protection, and will work on the web app, as well as the mobile and desktop clients.

According to a post on Zoom’s blog, the Zoom team stated that:

With Zoom’s 2FA, users have the option to use authentication apps that support Time-Based One-Time Password (TOTP) protocol (such as Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, and FreeOTP), or have Zoom send a code via SMS or phone call, as the second factor of the account authentication process.”

This is one of the latest security features Zoom has added this year after facing an intense privacy and security backlash following its popularity explosion after the Covid-19 outbreak.

In June, Zoom rolled out end-to-end encryption for its free users. The company also made an attempt to restrict unauthorized users from gaining access to a meeting that is in progress.

To use the Two-Factor Authentication, the feature needs to be enabled for an account.

This can be done by signing into the Zoom Dashboard. Navigate to Advanced > Security in the menu, and then toggle the “Sign in with Two-Factor Authentication” option on.

After toggling the option on, you will be presented with three options: all users, users with specific roles, and users belonging to a specific group.

Select whichever option suits your need the most, then click on save.

You will then be required to provide a code that would be used as a second authorization means when signing into the Zoom account.

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