Zoom has come to prominence with a rocket thanks to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The sudden need for an easy to access, free — or relatively low cost — video conferencing option had businesses and individuals hunting. The problem with a system that reaches sudden popularity is that the “bad guys” go looking for a weakness. Sadly, not for what they’re providing users, that’s where Zoom really hit the media.

As the situation unfolded and “Zoombombing” became a thing,
Zoom have continued to evolve and react to the threats. A blog post by the Zoom team outlines the latest changes that are coming into effect this week.

Beginning May 9, basic (aka free) Zoom accounts will be updated with the following changes:

  • Passwords will be required for all meetings, including new meetings, previously scheduled meetings, and those using Personal Meeting ID
  • Waiting Rooms for PMI will be turned on by default
  • Screen sharing privileges will be Host Only by default

The changes continue to come through necessity after being in the right place, at the right time, to a long term and viable communication solution.

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It’s good to see Zoom is finally fixing some of its security issues.
It’s a shame that some of these security issues, which were exploited and made the media this year, were not acted upon swifter when they were found and reported last year.