Zoom is adding support for two-factor authentication (2FA) to its desktop and mobile applications, giving users the option of adding an extra layer of security to their account beyond a standard password. The company confirmed that all users will be able to access the new security feature, including those on the company’s free tier. Users can turn on the extra security via the Zoom Dashboard.
Until recently, it’s been web-only, rather than being available through its desktop and mobile clients. Zoom is also giving users more ways to receive its one-time login codes. Previously, you only had the option of using an authentication app such as Google Authenticator to generate your code, but now, you can opt to receive them via SMS. The company has also added support for recovery codes, which you can use to regain access to your account if you lose your mobile device.
This addition comes after a massive and fierce backlash against the company with users ans other tech giants citing privacy and security concerns amidst its popularity explosion. Earlier this year, the company announced that it would be rolling out support for end-to-end encryption to its free users, and it’s also made changes to attempt to cut down on unauthorized users gaining access to meetings.
A complete guide on how to enable two-factor authentication to secure your Zoom account can be found here.