A new security layer can be added soon on Zoom users. The widely-used teleconferencing app now introduces two-factor authentication before logging-in. Here's how to enable this feature for yourself.
Zoom now has 2FA security feature!
Zoom has a new counter-action against 'Zoombombing' acts on the platform. By applying two-factor authentication, anyone who wants to join a call or log-in to their account will be required to provide additional identification before getting in.
Tech Radar reported on Friday, Sept. 11, about the recent announcement of the popular teleconferencing app. As explained, the platform wants to make sure the security of each user when making or entering a call.
So besides the standard password or pin number before logging-in, users have to provide either a smart card or mobile device or biometric information such as fingerprint or voice activation.
Specifically, users can get to choose authentication apps that support Time-Based One-Time Password (TOTP) protocol (such as Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, and FreeOTP), or have Zoom send a code via SMS or phone call, as the second factor of the account authentication process.
How to enable 2FA feature?
Since the quarantine started-- wherein people are forced to stay-at-home, Zoom, and other video conferencing apps have been in-demand.
But the fame also packs up with a lot of privacy breach claims from thousands of Zoom users. Therein starts the infamous popularity of 'Zoombombers.'
These users guess or simply hijack a random call to prank or annoy important conferences during the calls.
Impressively, Zoom has been cooperating and making improvements to its security features in order to avoid these incidents from rising again.
And the 2FA feature is just one of the biggest changes of the platform.
To enable this feature:
- Sign in to the Zoom Dashboard
- In the navigation menu, click Advanced, then Security.
- Make sure the Sign in with Two-Factor Authentication option is enabled.
- Select one of these options to enable 2FA for:0
- All users in your account: Enable 2FA for all users in the account.
- Users with specific roles: Enable 2FA for roles with the specified roles. Click Select specified roles, choose the roles, then click OK.
- Users belong to specific groups: Enable 2FA for users that are in the specified groups. Click the pencil icon, choose the groups, then click OK.
5. Click 'Save' to confirm your 2FA settings.
Texas man 'Zoombombs' class with real bomb joke
One of the most recent examples of the 'Zoombombing' incident happened on Sept. 4.
Police officers arrested a 19-year-old Houston resident named Ibraheem Ahmed Al Bayati over his alleged interruption of a virtual University of Houston lecture.
To make it worse, he also reportedly made a bomb threat and claimed association with ISIS. He confessed to the investigators that it was only a 'joke.'
However, authorities see otherwise.
"Mr. Al Bayati claimed it was a joke, but also when we look through at least a cursory review of one of the phones, there was ISIS material on there," the prosecutor said in court on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
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Written by Jamie Pancho