Zoom Rolls Out Two-Factor Authentication Feature: How to Enable it

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Zoom has introduced two-factor authentication for better security and privacy of users. The new 2FA feature asks users to present two or more pieces of evidence, or credentials that authenticate their ownership of the account. This includes a password or a PIN, something the user owns like a smart card or mobile phone, or something the user has like fingerprint or voice. The preferred video conferencing app allows for enabling 2FA only for users with particular roles or particular groups, excluding the option for enabling it for all users in one account. This comes after Zoom announced that its revenue for the May-July period more than quadrupled from the same time final year to $663.5 million (more or less Rs. 4858 crores). 

Zoom has been privy to many privacy breach allegations, and since then the company has introduced several security features for its users. The new Zoom 2FA option looks to add an extra layer of security for individuals who need it. It says that 2FA users have the option to use authentication apps that fortify Time-Based One-Time Password (TOTP) protocol, or have Zoom send a code via SMS or phone call, as the second one factor of the account authentication process. 

How to enable Zoom two-factor authentication by admins: With the intention to enable Zoom 2FA on the account-level, admins will have to first sign-in to the Zoom Dashboard.  Once signed-in, head to the navigation menu and click on Advanced > Security   Enable the ‘Signal in with Two-Factor Authentication’ option in the Security section.   Make a selection one of the most options mentioned in the section. As an example click on ‘Enable 2FA for all users in the account’ to enable the security for all users in your account.   For enabling 2FA for users with particular roles, click on ‘Enable 2FA for roles with the specified roles’. Click Make a selection specified roles mentioned and then click OK.   There could also be an option called ‘Enable 2FA for users that are in the specified groups’ and you’ll be able to make a choice the particular group that will have this extra security and then click OK.   Click ‘Save’ to confirm your desired Zoom 2FA settings. 

For individuals, Zoom allows for enabling and disabling a range of authentication methods such as SAML, OAuth, or even password-based authentication. The new Zoom 2FA feature looks to offer an extra wall of security and helps organizations meet compliance obligations for touchy data and customer information. It also eliminates the wish to invest in separate unmarried sign-on service for small businesses and schools. Of class lesson, the new Zoom two-factor authentication looks to offer protection to users against identity theft and security breaches that are now fitting an increasing number of common on the Internet. 

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