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Cyber Security

Update Two: Securing Zoom Meetings – Is It Possible?

 April 19, 2020

By  Tim Starnes

Zoom continues to make good on their commitment to improve their platform’s shaky security measures, utilizing what they’ve entitled a 90-day plan.

See Security First IT’s original blog addressing Zoom security concerns here.

Here are the latest updates:

  • Configurable Data Center Connections

As of April 18, 2020, users can custom-select which data center “regions” are able to process various account data such as chats and video meetings.

  • Configure Meeting and Webinar Password Requirements

Account admins are now able to set their own custom password requirements such as length, requiring special characters, letters, or numbers, or only allowing passwords made of numeric characters.

  • Maximum 11-Character Length Meeting IDs

Random meeting IDs for newly scheduled meetings can be up to 11 digits long to increase security against Zoom-booming and other intrusions.

  • Cloud Recordings Now Require A Password

Password protection is enabled by default for recorded meetings. Password entry will be required for all recorded meetings and webinars.

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  • Reenabled Third-Party File Sharing

Dropbox and OneDrive sharing, among other possible services, has been re-enabled.

  • Tuned-Up Dashboard Data

Performance glitches in the Zoom reporting dashboard have been fixed, including a commonly-reported delay between real-time occurrences and their display within the dashboard.

  • Enable/Disable Text Preview

Users are now able to enable or disable text previews of text meeting room messages. The app version of Zoom, used on devices such as cell phones, has been patched to match all current security updates. Of course, Zoom has asked users to update appropriately.

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