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Zoom Rolls Out Preview of End-to-End Encryption

Zoom is currently rolling out end-to-end encryption for its videoconferencing service as a 30-day technical preview, which started in the middle of October and will run through the middle of November. End-to-end encryption will generate and store the keys for already-encrypted conversations on the participants’ machines, rather than on Zoom’s servers, ensuring that no one compromising Zoom’s servers could intercept your conversations. Zoom originally planned for end-to-end encryption to be a paid feature, but it will be available to free users as well. However, enabling it disables some other Zoom features, including telephone dial-in, join before host, cloud recording, streaming, live transcription, Breakout Rooms, polling, 1:1 private chat, and meeting reactions. If you don’t need those features and want the extra security, you need to enable end-to-end encryption at the account level. It’s probably overkill for most Zoom users, but we’re pleased to see the company offering it as an option for those who need it.

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