Zoom last week enabled the ability to use end-to-end encryption in video conferencing for all users, regardless of whether they are paid or not. Those who want to use it must specifically enable it by following a series of steps before the virtual meeting begins.
Some features are disabled while using peer-to-peer encryption for Zoom video calls
The novelty announced during the Zoomtopia annual meeting – where “OnZoom”, the meeting and attendance fee tool was also presented – is a step forward for the company that no longer needs to save passwords. Meetings on their servers, but these take place on the client side. For users, encryption means more security in their meetings, but not everything is joy and happiness in this update …
When end-to-end encryption (E2EE) is enabled with the new Zoom update, it appears that the user will no longer be able to use some features in Zoom while end-to-end security is active. Once the event is over, they will be reactivated. The following functions are affected:
– Meet in front of the host: This feature allows users invited to a meeting to enter the function room before the host does.
-Automatic cloud recording: This feature is only available to the account administrator and is used to enable recording at the beginning of the meeting and to host the material in the cloud. However, the option to record locally can be done with an encryption point ready.
-Streaming transmission: With Zoom you can start streaming meetings from YouTube and Facebook. If you enable end-to-end encryption, this option is no longer enabled.
-Live transcription: This feature is activated by the host and is used to transcribe what a participant is saying so that users of other nationalities or with hearing impairments can follow the line of conversation without inconvenience.
-Small group rooms: known as “Breakout Rooms” are rooms in which a maximum of 200 people can come together in 50 small rooms for more intimate and private conversations. They are also used to segment students by subject or to do group work. Well, this feature would be disabled if point-to-point encryption is enabled.
-Cats 1: 1: simultaneous conversations in channels and groups within Zoom that are also disabled.
-Reactions– You will also lose the ability to send reactions during a video call. For example, you might not be able to clap your hands, send emojis of smiling faces, hearts, etc.
-Sound: The option to conduct live polls and polls is disabled while using E2EE.
– Attend a meeting– Users can no longer join a meeting via phone, SIP / H.323 devices, Lync clients, or Skype. Also, Zoom web users or third parties using the App SDK will not be able to join the meeting.
Zoom has indicated that it is working to remove these limitations and that it has a phased plan for improvements that will be rolled out in the coming months to integrate all affected features using end-to-end encryption.