Enabling End-to-End Encryption in Zoom

After a year of security crashes and controversies, Zoom is finally back in business. there is a company introduced The long-awaited End-to-End encryption (E2E) on Zoom for both free and paid users is great. Previously, Zoom took the controversial stance of not offering E2E encryption to free users, but after facing a privacy backlash, the company quickly backed down. You can now enable End-to-End encryption in Zoom by verifying your identity via a phone number. Having said all that, let’s learn about Zoom’s E2E encryption and how to enable it.

Enable End-to-End Encryption in Zoom

We have covered enabling Zoom’s E2E Encryption in different sections for both individual users and groups and corporate users. We’ve also covered some important points to keep in mind. Use the table of contents below to quickly jump to the section you want.

Highlights of Zoom’s E2E Encryption

There are a few points to note before proceeding with the steps. With E2E turned on, Will not be able to use many features of Zoom such as cloud recording, streaming, live transcription, join before host and more. Also, users cannot join an E2E meeting via phone.

Zoom says End-to-End encryption is currently in Technical Preview, so it will take more than a year to bring all features with solid encryption. Apart from that, both free and paid users have E2E support, but free users need to authenticate via a mobile number or you need to add a valid billing option.

Then, End-to-End encryption in Zoom is currently only available on official clients. Basically, E2E encryption is available in special applications. Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS and Zoom Rooms. As of now, E2E encryption is not supported on the web. Also, all participants must have E2E encryption enabled before they can join an E2E meeting.

Finally, as we noted in our Zoom and Google Meet comparison, End-to-End encryption is the same GCM encryption that was previously deployed in Zoom. However, this time, decryption keys are generated locally on users’ computers instead of Zoom servers, which previously decrypted and managed keys. In tandem, packets can only be decrypted at the receiver’s end, making it a secure End-to-End channel.

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Enable End-to-End Encryption on Zoom for Individuals

1. You can enable End-to-End encryption only in Zoom via the web portal. So first, open Zoom’s settings page and go to the “Meeting” tab.

2. Scroll down here and enable toggle For “Allow the use of end-to-end encryption”.

Enable End-to-End Encryption on Zoom (For Individuals)

3. Then you phone number. Enter it and click “Send Verification Code”.

Enable End-to-End Encryption on Zoom (For Individuals)

4. Next, one time code will come to your phone number and click “Verify”.

Enable End-to-End Encryption on Zoom (For Individuals)

5. Finally, the End-to-End encryption option will be enabled in Zoom. Now, just select “End-to-End encryption”. default encryption type and click “Save”. You’re done.

Enable End-to-End Encryption on Zoom (For Individuals)

6. You will find a green shield logo in the upper left corner to confirm if the Zoom meeting is End-to-End encrypted. Note that GCM encryption also has a green shield, but a checkmark. However, when E2E is enabled, a padlock symbol inside the green shield with a security code.

Enabling End-to-End Encryption in Zoom

Enable End-to-End Encryption on Zoom for Group and Account Managers

1. Open Zoom’s Settings page click the link and go Account Management -> Account Settings.

2. Click on “Meeting” here and select ““Security” tab. Now, enable the “Allow the use of end-to-end encryption” toggle.

3. Next, select “End-to-End encryption”. default encryption type and click “Save”.

4. If you want to enforce E2E encryption for all users in your group or account, Click the lock icon That’s it to confirm the changes.

Secure Your Zoom Meetings with E2E Encryption

So you can enable End-to-End encryption in Zoom and protect your web meetings from any kind of security attack. Many key features are not available as the feature is in Technical Preview, which is understandable. Therefore, I recommend using E2E encryption only when the meeting is highly confidential. You will have to wait quite a long time to have all the features. Anyway, that’s it for us. You can learn more Zoom tips and tricks like this one in our linked article.

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