Following a lot of controversy over video conferencing giant, Zoom’s decision to only offer end-to-end encryption to paying customers, it is apt to explore what E2E encryption is as well as why there’s a lot of conversations surrounding it at this time. There’s been a lot of talk about E2E encryption lately and internet privacy as a whole.  Zoom has, however, reconsidered their stance on having E2E for free users and stated that they will provide E2E encryption for all users on their platform.

The issue of safety and privacy on the internet is one that we at 1-grid have written and spoken about extensively. We offer web security packages for small businesses and we believe that it’s everyone’s interest to get familiar with online safety holistically. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to stay home; the majority of the South African workforce is working from home, and everyone is practising social distancing. Video conferencing applications such as Zoom, have had a massive surge in downloads as well as users; and that can be attributed to the pandemic. We spend more time online due to Coronavirus; we attend meetings virtually, and we see our families and friends virtually as well. Online privacy is now, more than ever, a priority.

End-to-end encryption is part of online security, and we’re going to delve into what it is and what does it mean for internet users and business owners.

What is end-to-end encryption?

End-to-end encryption is a shield that protects online communication from getting ‘eavesdropped’ by unauthorized third parties. It prevents other people from accessing private chats and information on the internet.

Is end-to-end encryption safe? 

While no safety measure is 100% impermeable, E2E encryption does reduce the number of people who can interfere or eavesdrop with the interaction.

Should I care about end-to-end encryption? 

As a business owner and a human on the internet, you should care about E2E encryption. To protect your customers, suppliers, and sensitive information, it is ideal to ensure that your instant messaging, as well as video conferencing apps, have E2E encryption. Our Business Email features secure instant messaging and video conferencing for you to communicate safely with suppliers as well as customers.

Data privacy is important and everyone should care about maintaining said privacy while video calling a family member or team member. Your private conversations should not be accessible to unauthorized third parties. That puts your privacy at risk of hackers and your business could lose money. Your safety is also compromised if someone can eavesdrop on your private conversations with loved ones.

Tips to secure your Zoom meetings:

 Zoom bombing has been a real thing during the pandemic and here are a few ways to secure your Zoom private or personal meetings:

  • Add a password to all meetings
  • Use waiting rooms
  • Keep Zoom meeting ID private
  • Disable participant screen sharing
  • Lock meetings when everyone has joined
  • Do not post links publicly