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Zoom unveils a host of new privacy, security features

Looking to bounce back from a spate of recent security miss-steps, video conferencing platform Zoom today announced a variety of new privacy and security capabilities in Zoom 5.0, a key milestone in the company’s recently launched 90-day security plan.

The primary difference between the current version of Zoom software and Zoom 5.0 is the addition of support for AES 256-bit GCM encryption; it’s designed to provide increased protection for meeting data and resistance to tampering. The new level of encryption will be available across Zoom Meeting, Zoom Video Webinar, and Zoom Phone.

The company pointed users to a download page for the updated software.

In a statement, the company said the system-wide account enablement will be in place within the next two months, once all accounts are enabled with GCM. Zoom 5.0 will also allow account administrators to decide which data center regions their account-hosted meetings and webinars use.

“We take a holistic view of our users’ privacy and our platform’s security,” Zoom Chief Product Officer Oded Gal said in a post to the company’s blog. “From our network to our feature set to our user experience, everything is being put through rigorous scrutiny.”

He argued that AES 256-bit GCM encryption would better secure user data in transit and talked up Zoom’s security features. “With millions of new users, this will make sure they have instant access to important security controls in their meetings,” Gal said.

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