Following the increase in popularity during the latest COVID-19 pandemic on September 12, developer of video conferencing software Zoom introduced a two-step authentication (2FA) protocol as a new security measure.
The login protocol requires additional information from users, such as a PIN code and password sent via SMS. Zoom said this optional feature would help users escape hacker attacks on control accounts, which could lead to identity theft and breaches of security.
In a blog post, the company said: “Enhanced two-step authentication by Zoom makes it easy for administrators and enterprises to protect their customers and avoid security vulnerabilities on our own sites. In this process, enterprises may add extra security mechanisms to deter bad guys from accessing accounts by guessing passwords or entering computers for staff or students, reducing the risk of identity theft and breaches of protection.
The two-step verification process for Zoom allows online users to provide two or more pieces of documentation or certificates to validate their account possession, thereby distinguishing online users. It includes information related to the user, such as passwords or personal id codes, user-owned devices such as smart cards or mobile devices, or user biometric features such as fingerprints or speech.
Zoom’s users have increased dramatically this year due to the need to enforce secure virtual distancing laws, requiring hundreds of millions of people to operate remotely. But the business is still adding innovative updates intended to patch bugs in technology that have created issues like “Zoombusting,” where unsolicited users cause crashing of video chats.
Zoom has, in addition, made substantial changes to its security standards and released a series of upgrades to help protect customers. Among the latest functionality launched in April are the ability to lock meetings and block other members from attending, the ability to remove participants in the conference, and improved screen sharing access. The organization also supports by default passwords for Zoom meetings and allows enterprise users to adjust the strength of their password to The administrators.
Zoom purchased the security and cryptography firm Keybase in May of this year, in an attempt to address its high-profile security challenges and add skills to its massively successful network.
Also, Zoom recently launched the first physical product ever, the $600-priced Zoom for Home touch screen unit. It’s manufactured by American DTEN corporation, fitted with a 27-inch touch screen, and three wide-angle video cameras for high-definition video calls, built-in microphones, and an 8-microphone array. The interface can be used independently of the computer during a Zoom call, or as a second screen.
This system has been sold to Our customers already and will reach Europe later this year. Zoom said the name Zoom for Home would refer to a different hardware product group to support remote work, suggesting that related devices will be launched at a later date