New version of Zoom will protect against “zombombing”

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The developers of Zoom – applications for video conferencing, online meetings and chat, which has gained immense popularity amid the coronavirus pandemic and the transition to udalenka – have released a major update.

It fixes the main weaknesses associated with weak data protection and gaps in the privacy policy for which they criticized the service.

The situation with the transition to the remote mode of work and study gave Zoom a massive increase in the user base. As the head of the company Eric Yuan said this week, on April 21 more than 300 million people used the application – 50% more than at the beginning of the month. And in December, the daily audience of Zoom did not exceed 10 million people.

Along with this, Zoom’s great demand revealed its shortcomings: the service was criticized for the lack of end-to-end encryption, Facebook data transfer and insufficient privacy protection.

In addition, Zoom has increased the influx of Internet trolls who invade the conversation, swear and broadcast porn. In the attack of provocateurs (this phenomenon was called zombombing – the default application settings are to blame, which make any video call public by reference.

At the beginning of April, the CEO of Zoom apologized for the security gaps and said that the company would suspend the introduction of new features for 90 days, and instead focus on fixing vulnerabilities.

The result was the version of Zoom 5.0, which is released this week. A new panel will appear in it, which contains all the basic security features. In particular, in order to protect themselves from uninvited guests, users will be able to transfer calls to the closed mode with one button, delete participants and restrict screen and chat sharing.

Hangout passwords are now set by default, and system administrators can set the passphrase complexity for business users. In addition, Zoom switched to a more reliable encryption algorithm – 256-bit AES in GCM mode.

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