Zoom improves user security by incorporating 2FA for all users

  • Wilbur Rodgers
  • September 21, 2020
  • 2 minutes read
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Zoom confirmed adding 2-factor authentication (2FA) for all the users of the platform. This marks the most advanced step taken by the video conferencing platform to improve the security as work from home is trending.

2FA will now be available for all the users of zoom. This latest security practice will let users opt for authentication apps such as Microsoft authenticator, Google authenticator, and FreeOTP, all of these support time-based one-time password (TOTP) protocol. Apart from this, users can have zoom send authentication code via SMS or phone call.

The videoconferencing platform offers various authentication methods which users can enable or disable anytime on their accounts. The methods include OAuth, and/or passwords and SAML. Users are required to login to their Zoom dashboard in order to enable 2FA for password-based authentication. Users can enable 2FA by accessing the navigation menu, click Advanced > Security, then ensuring that ‘Sign in with Two-Factor Authentication’ is enabled.

Moreover, the users can choose to enable 2FA for either all users on an account, users belonging to specific groups, or for users with particular roles.

This 2FA is the latest effort of Zoom to improve users’ security and fill out the gap where attackers can break-in. A few months ago, the company announced its plan to offer end-to-end encryption for its users. However, previously, they said that this would be only available for the paid users.