Zoom video adds two-factor authentication for additional security

Videoconferencing app Zoom has added Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for additional security.
Zoom video conferencing appZoom, which is facing security issues, said the new security feature will ensure admins and organisations to protect their users’ data and prevent security breaches.

Account admins need sign-in to the Zoom Dashboard to enable Zoom’s 2FA at the account-level for password-based authentication.

“In the navigation menu, click Advanced, then Security. Make sure the Sign in with Two-Factor Authentication option is enabled. Select one of these options to enable 2FA for: All users in your account: Enable 2FA for all users in the account,” Zoom said in a statement on Friday.

One can choose users with specific roles and users belonging to specific groups too.

Zoom, which is adding millions of videoconferencing customers to its app, said 2FA enables organizations to reduce the risk of identity theft and security breaches by adding an extra layer of security. The additional security feature prevents bad actors from accessing accounts by guessing passwords or gaining access to employees’ or students’ devices.

Implementing 2FA helps organizations meet compliance obligations for sensitive data and customer information, Zoom said.

It can be expensive to pay for an SSO (single sign-on) service for small businesses and schools.

Zoom said 2FA provides a free and effective way to validate users and protect against security breaches.

Zoom’s 2FA supports users to have the option to use authentication apps that support Time-Based One-Time Password (TOTP) protocol such as Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, and FreeOTP, or have Zoom send a code via SMS or phone call, as the second factor of the account authentication process.

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