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Zoom launches new security measures for free accounts

Zoom is launching new security measures to tackle hackers zoombombing" video calls.

Trolls have been targeting the video conferencing app with offensive content - including homophobic and racist imagery - and the company is taking steps to combat this.

Those with free Zoom accounts must now use a password for all meetings as part of a number of features aimed at free users.

The changes will be implemented on May 9, ahead of a new level of encryption being introduced across the platform from May 30, which will "provide increased protection for meeting data and resistance against tampering".

According to a blogpost by Zoom, basic accounts will be updated on Saturday (09.05.20) with a number of changes.

The post notes: "Passwords will be required for all meetings, including new meetings, previously scheduled meetings, and those using PMI [personal meeting IDs]."

In addition, the company said "waiting Rooms for PMI will be turned on by default, while "screen sharing privileges will be Host Only by default" as part of the new measures.

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