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Zoom tries to fix flaws in privacy by launching two new security features – Livemint


Video conferencing application that shot to fame since a lockdown at an almost global level took effect across various countries. The sooner it raised to new heights the quicker the app was subjected to scrutiny. Users and cyber-security researchers have been complaining about the app being insecure. Zoom has finally responded to the flaws in security by introducing two new features.

Zoom has declared that it will enable two new security features which will include ‘Waiting Room’ and two meeting password settings in order to make conference calls more private for users.

The ‘Waiting Room’, as the name suggests will act as a virtual section where new participants joining in on a call will be put on hold. They can then be screened by the host. This feature will give the host more control over who’s joining the conference call even if the password to that particular meeting is leaked.

The two password settings will be enabled by default to prevent unwanted participants from joining a meeting, the company wrote on the official support page. The new features will be enabled for all Basic users and Pro users with a single license.

Many users of the application have been complaining about unwanted participants joining calls to troll other members as well as share unwanted imagery. Researchers have claimed that these hacking incidents could be succeeded by more dangerous attacks which will leave PCs and sensitive corporate data vulnerable.

“Much of our current reality is unchartered territory, and this growing dependence on Zoom at home is just another one,” said Mark Ostrowski, regional head of engineering for Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. “As soon as a platform’s attack surface gets big enough, you can only expect that they’ll become more interesting to attackers. That’s what’s happened to Zoom.”

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