After the series of security and privacy issues that had been highlighted by analysts and users on the platform, at the beginning of April Zoom, with a message from its founder and Ceo Eric S. Yuan, had announced a plan of 90 days when all

The company has already shared, as promised, several interventions related to the advancement of this plan, and now comes the announcement of an important update: they are coming, informed the company, significant improvements of safety with the imminent general availability of Zoom 5.0.

Zoom defines this new version as a milestone of the 90-day plan to proactively identify, improve and dedicate to the security and privacy features of the Zoom platform. Some of the new features are already available and others will be introduced with Zoom 5.0, whose arrival is imminent.

The first important news is that Zoom updates to the AES 256-bit GCM encryption standard, which provides enhanced data protection for meetings during transport and increased resistance against tampering.

This, the company states, provides superior safeguards of confidentiality and integrity on the data of Zoom Meeting, Zoom Video Webinar and Zoom Phone. Zoom 5.0 supports GCM encryption and this standard will come into effect once all accounts are enabled with GCM. System-level account rating will take place on 30 May.

Another novelty is the Data Routing Control function, with which the administrator can choose which regions of data center use meetings and webinars hosted by the account, for real-time traffic at account, group or user level.

A further improvement already introduced is that Zoom security functions are now grouped and easily accessible via the Security icon in the meeting menu bar in the host interface.

Hosts will then be able to report a user (-) to Zoom, always via the Security icon, and also have the possibility to disable the possibility for participants to rename themselves. In addition, for education customers screen sharing is now by default only for l’host.

The Waiting Room, an existing feature that allows a host to keep participants in virtual waiting rooms before being admitted to a meeting, is now active by default for Education, Basic and Pro Single Licensed accounts. Now all hosts can also activate the waiting room while the meeting is already underway.

The meeting passwords are now also active by default for most customers, including all Basic, Single-License Pro and K-12 customers. For administered accounts, administrators now have the option to define the complexity of the password (such as length requirements and use of alphanumeric and special characters). In addition, Zoom Phone administrators can now adjust the length of the pin required to access voice mail.

Passwords are now set by default for all those who access cloud registrations apart from the meeting host, and require a complex password, and for administered accounts, administrators now have the option to define the complexity of the

Zoom 5.0 will then support a new data structure for larger organizations, to allow them to connect contacts on multiple accounts so that people can search and find meetings, chats and telephone contacts more easily and safely.

Business plan administrators, enterprise and education will be able to view how their meetings connect to Zoom data centers on their dashboard.

There are also additional features coming in, dedicated to data protection and confidentiality.

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