Immediately after the norm for social interaction around the world changed due to the pandemic status of the COVID-19 virus, video calling and video conferencing platforms skyrocketed in popularity around the world. And after months and months of waiting, Zoom finally includes end-to-end encryption.
We’re talking about a feature that other platforms like Google Meet have been offering for years and that Zoom, the most popular video conferencing platform in the world today, has taken months to announce. This is a relief and to celebrate, of course, if it weren’t for the fact that it comes with multiple limitations.
Zoom’s end-to-end encryption will arrive in four phases
When users choose to protect their information end-to-end (E2EE) they will temporarily lose the ability to store recordings in the Zoom cloud, the ability to conduct surveys, the ability to have private 1-on-1 chats, join calls earlier have the organizer do it and send reactions on the call.
It should be noted that end-to-end encryption has to be activated from the settings menu of our account for each call we enter.
This option cannot be chosen by default. And if we think that this is already restrictive enough, here is the icing on the cake: users who do not have this option activated in their own accounts will not be able to join our call.
If we think that this function looks rather improvised and incomplete, we can attest that it is the latter. Zoom developers anticipated that their new update will be the first of four in terms of end-to-end encryption, so we can expect a progressive removal of limitations in future versions.
For now, Zoom includes end-to-end encryption in its platform and fulfills a promise that has months to wait. In these times and with the popularity of this platform, really secure encryption is the minimum that can be asked of it.