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Zoom Finally Has End-to-End Encryption. Here’s How to Use It

Wired – You can lock down your meetings like never before—even if you have to give up a few features to do so “…What Zoom launched is actually a 30-day technical preview; the company will continue to refine the offering through next year. But even in its early days, it offers a significant upgrade in protection for those who need it most. There are a few caveats before deciding whether you want to fully end-to-end encrypt your Zoom calls. First is that Zoom meetings are encrypted by default regardless, just not end-to-end. Which is to say, they’re likely safe enough for most people most of the time. You should absolutely flip the switch for sensitive conversations, but otherwise, as you’ll see in a minute, it may be more trouble than it’s worth in a lot of instances. Also remember that encryption isn’t magic; the people that you’re talking to could still share whatever you say. And if any of your devices are compromised, well, you’re out of luck. Turning on end-to-end encryption comes with various inconveniences. When you have it enabled, all call participants need to call in from either the Zoom desktop or mobile apps—not a browser—or a Zoom Room. (That also means no telephone participants.) Features like cloud recording, live transcription, breakout rooms, polling, one-on-one chat, and meeting reactions aren’t compatible with end-to-end encryption, and no one can join the meeting before the host does…”

See also Fast Company – This app makes presenting in Zoom more effective—and even entertaining “Mmhmm’s tools for giving video calls TV-like flair are being used by everyone from business people to hospital clowns.”

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