Zoom is adding support for two-factor authentication (2FA) to its desktop and mobile applications, allowing users to add an extra layer of security to their account beyond the standard company-approved password The edge. In a blog post, the company wrote that users can enable the additional security through the Zoom dashboard.
This isn’t the first time Zoom has offered support for 2FA. Previously, however, Zoom has only been available through the internet rather than being available through its desktop and mobile clients. Zoom confirmed that the new security feature will be available to all users, including those at the company̵
Not only does Zoom bring 2FA to more platforms, it also gives users more ways to get their one-time login codes. Before, you only had the option to use an authentication app like Google Authenticator to generate your code. Now you can choose to receive it via SMS. However, SMS are generally considered less secure than using an app on the device as they can make it easier to intercept the codes. Zoom also added support for recovery codes that can be used to regain access to your account if you lose your mobile device.
These are just the latest security features Zoom added this year after facing an intense privacy and security concern after its explosive popularity. In June, the company announced it was rolling out end-to-end encryption support for its free users. Changes have also been made to prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to meetings.
Complete instructions on how to enable two-factor authentication to secure your Zoom account can be found here.