The days of having to update your video conferencing software before joining a call are over as Zoom has announced that its bringing automatic updates to its Windows and macOS clients.
Updates provide new features and functionality but they are also used to patch software bugs and other vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers to launch cyberattacks and infect your devices with malware.
Just like with others, Zoom routinely releases updates for its desktop clients and mobile apps. Not all of these updates are installed by end users which can put their devices and data at risk.
Zoom is now rolling out a new automatic update feature for its Windows and macOS clients to ensure that everyone is running the latest version of its software before starting a call.
In order to turn on automatic updates in its Windows or macOS clients, you’ll first need to open the software’s Settings menu, head to the General tab and select the “Automatically keep my Zoom up to date” option.
From here, you’ll be prompted to enter admin credentials to allow the company’s automatic update feature permission to run but this will only be required when enabling this setting for the first time.
Going forward, when a new version of Zoom is available and you’re not already in a video call, you will be prompted to install the update. If you ignore this prompt, don’t worry as the update will be installed automatically the next time you restart your Zoom client.