Zoom’s mobile and desktop apps now support two-factor authentication


Zoom is adding support for two-factor authentication (2FA) for its desktop and mobile applications, giving users the option to add an extra layer of security to their account beyond a standard password, the company has confirmed The ledge. Writing in a blog post, the company said that users can turn on additional security via the Zoom dashboard.

This is not the first time Zoom has offered support for 2FA, but before that, it has only been on the web, rather than being available through desktop and mobile clients, the company said. Zoom confirmed that all users will be able to use the new security feature, including the company’s free tier.

Along with bringing 2FA to more platforms, Zoom is also giving users more ways to get its one-time login code. Previously, you only had the option of using an authentication app such as Google Authenticator to generate your code, but now, you can choose to receive them via SMS. However, SMS is generally considered less secure than using an on-device app as it can make code easier to intercept. Zoom has also added support for recovery codes, which you can use to gain access to your account if you lose your mobile device.

These are just the latest security features Zoom has added this year after facing an intense privacy and security backlash following its explosion in popularity. In June, it announced that it would roll out support for end-to-end encryption for its free users, and also tried to make changes to try to reach unauthorized users’ meetings.

A complete guide on how to enable two-factor authentication to secure your zoom account can be found here.