New Delhi | Jagran Technology Desk: Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the traumatic economic downfall that comes complimentary to it, digital businesses have seen a skyrocketing surge and the zoom app is one among the profit makers.

The digital video calling app zoom can be used across various devices such as PCs, web browsers, Android devices, Apple iPhone, Apple iPad and Google ChromeOS. However, it has been in controversies due to the security concerns it carries along ever since the COVID-19 infection turned to a global pandemic.

After being put to the dock for the data concerns, the zoom app contacted its users through email and requested them to update their apps to version 5.0 before May 30. “Beginning May 30th, 2020, Zoom will be enabling GCM encryption across the entire Zoom platform, providing increased protection for meeting data,” the email read.

The email further said that if one fails to update the app, then that person won't be able to connect to the meetings conducted on the platform post-May 30.

The last version of the Zoom app was running on 128-bit AES keys with Electronic Code Book (ECB) encryption which is relatively less secure and makes your data vulnerable. On the other hand, the latest version 5.0 of the app would be using AES 256-bit GCM encryption which is the latest and is comparatively secure.

Zoom 5.0 will give a better video calling experience and would come with better-encrypted technology. From now the users will see a green shield over their screen during the video call, symbolising the security concerns that have been prioritised by the company in their latest version.

"A new encryption shield appears in the upper left of your Zoom Meeting window and indicates a secure, encrypted meeting. After May 30, the shield will be green for all users, denoting enhanced GCM encryption. Clicking the icon also takes you to the Statistics page for additional encryption details," the company said in an official statement.

The app that bagged the insane targets of having 300 million users in a day would come with a few other features in its latest version. On Zoom 5.0 users can report a user who may be misusing Zoom, elect data centre regions when scheduling a meeting and also will be seeing better 'end now' and 'leave meeting' options.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma