Zoom 5.0 Release – Update Required

Web conferencing application Zoom has recently released Zoom 5.0, with new encryption and security features that provide greater resistance to tampering and added protection for meeting data.

After May 30, all Zoom users operating on older versions will be required to update before joining meetings.

Zoom users should update their Zoom account to the latest version, or allow Zoom to update, when prompted. Learn how to check and update your Zoom account here: https://answers.uillinois.edu/uic/102529.

Once you update to Zoom 5.0, the following features will be available:

GCM Encryption:

New encryption provides greater resistance to tampering and added protection for meeting data.
A new encryption shield appears in the upper left corner of your Zoom meeting, denoting the enhanced GCM encryption.
Clicking the icon also takes you to the Statistics page for additional encryption details.

Report a User:

Meeting hosts and co-hosts can report a user who is misusing the Zoom platform. Click on the Security icon to access the Report a User option to send a report to Zoom’s Trust & Safety team for review. The report can include a specific offense, description, and optional screenshot.

Enhanced Data Center Information:

Meeting hosts can now select data center regions at the scheduling level for meetings and webinars.
Zoom also shows which data center you’re connected to in the Info icon on the upper left corner of your Zoom window.

Enhancements to Ending/Leaving Meetings:

With a new update, hosts can decide between ending or leaving a meeting.
If a host ends the meeting, the meeting session will end for all participants. If a host leaves, they can select a new host with confidence that the right person is left with host privileges.

Additional Security Enhancements:

Profile picture control: Account admins and hosts can disable the ability for participants to show their profile picture and also prevent them from changing it in a meeting.
Minimum password length: The minimum default password length will be six characters for meetings, webinars, and cloud recordings.
Cloud recording security: Admins and meeting hosts can set expirations on their cloud recordings and can disable the sharing of their recordings.

Visit the Zoom Blog to learn more about Zoom 5.0, or contact us at consult@uic.edu with any questions.