Zoom 5.0 is here!
With robust security enhancements and to prepare you for the upcoming transition to GCM encryption. Here’s everything you need to know to start updating today.
Zoom 5.0 - Get ready for GCM encryption
Begin updating your clients to 5.0 now.
On April 27, 2020, Zoom released Zoom 5.0, setting a new standard in video communications security.
With AES 256-bit GCM encryption, Zoom will provide increased protection for meeting data and resistance against tampering.
After May 30, 2020, all Zoom clients on older versions will be required to upgrade before joining meetings as GCM Encryption will be fully enabled for all Zoom meetings.
Action Required Before May 30
Security Enhancements included in Zoom 5.0
User Experience & Controls
Security controls are now grouped together and found by clicking the Security icon on the host meeting menu bar. These controls allow the host to enable or disable the ability for participants to:
“Report a User”
Hosts can report users to Zoom’s Trust & Safety team, who will review any potential misuse of the platform and take appropriate action.
Enable Waiting Room
All hosts may now turn on the Waiting Rooms while their meeting is already in progress.
Lock your meeting after everyone has arrived to prevent any unwanted disruptions.
The host may remove a participant and they will be unable to re-enter the meeting.
Additional Meeting Safeguards
Waiting Room enabled by default
Waiting Room, an existing feature that allows a host to keep participants in individual virtual waiting rooms before they are admitted to a meeting, is now on by default for education, Basic, and single-license Pro accounts. It is recommended best practice for all customers to turn on Waiting Rooms.
Complex Meeting IDs
Eleven digit unique meeting IDs are now in place. Meeting IDs are also removed from the content sharing window to prevent accidental sharing of meeting information.
Passwords & Password complexity
Meeting passwords are now more complex and enabled by default for most customers, including all Basic, single-license Pro, and K-12 customers. For administered accounts, account admins now have the ability to define password complexity (such as length, alphanumeric, and special character requirements).
Registration for meetings will allow you to have your participants register with their email, name, and other details to know more about attendees.
Enable meeting preset profiles that only allow entry to authenticated users, or restrict to specific email domains for Business, Enterprise or Education accounts.
All cloud recordings are encrypted with complex passwords on by default.
Turn this on to embed a user's personal information into the audio as an inaudible watermark if they record during a meeting. If the audio file is shared without permission, Zoom can help identify which participant recorded the meeting.
Screen Share Watermark
Superimposes the image of a meeting participant’s email address onto shared content in the event a participant takes a screenshot.
Message Preview Options
Users can now enable Zoom Chat notifications to not show chat content while screen sharing.
Secure Account Contact Sharing
Zoom 5.0 supports a new data structure for larger organizations, allowing them to link contacts across multiple accounts so people can easily and securely search and find meetings, chat, and phone contacts.
Control Profile Picture
Host or account admin can disable the ability for participants to show their profile picture or change it in a meeting.
Data Center Information
Hosts can now select which data center regions they would like their in-meeting traffic to use when scheduling a meeting, and participants can see which data center they are connected to by clicking on the info icon at the top left of the client window.