Zoom has started rolling out end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for both free and paid users. This means that your video chats and business meetings should be more secure than it has always been.
Users can activate E2EE on Zoom’s latest desktop client, Android app and Zoom Rooms beginning today. The feature will be available on iOS soon after Apple approves an app update.
Users will need to manually switch on E2EE in their settings, and all meeting members will also need to do so for their calls to use that level of encryption. Users will know E2EE is active when a green shield icon appears in the top left of their calls.
Our new end-to-end encryption (E2EE) feature is now available to users globally, free and paid. 🔒https://t.co/ssGanYn4fB
— Zoom (@zoom_us) October 26, 2020
The feature is currently in technical preview and the company hopes users will provide feedback on how it’s performing in the next 30 days. However, at least in the first stage of the four-phase rollout, E2EE will block some Zoom functions like the live transcription feature.
Zoom bought Keybase in May to develop its E2EE mode after a large number of persons turned to it for meetings during the coronavirus lockdown. The company had initially planned to bring the new feature to paid users before it changed its mind and decided to offer the feature to everyone.