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Quick Tip: Steps to Prevent "Zoom Bombing" at Your Next Virtual Meeting

Posted By Danielle M. Hall, Tuesday, March 31, 2020

You may have heard in the news about a new phenomenon called “zoom bombing”, which is essentially when someone uninvited “crashes” a zoom session by sharing offensive and possibly pornographic content. Typically, this bombing happens when your Zoom conference information is shared publicly and ends up in the hands of someone who decides to hijack your meeting. The FBI has even indicated there have been a number of reports of incidents involving hijackers invading both work and school video conferences. See the story here from PC Magazine.

In order to prevent zoom bombing from happening at your next meeting, here are a few recommended tips:

  • Do not share Zoom conference links publicly. This includes on your website and social media. Provide the link directly to specific people.
  • Manage your screen-sharing options. In Zoom, change screen sharing to ‘Host Only.’
  • It is recommended you also make your meetings private. In Zoom, there are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests.
  • Lastly, ensure users have up-to-date Zoom clients. In January, Zoom rolled out a security update that added passwords by default for meetings and disabled the ability to randomly scan for meetings to join.

Here are a few additional items you can change in your Zoom settings:

  • Disable “Join Before Host” so people can’t cause trouble before you arrive.
  • Disable “File Transfer” so there’s no digital virus sharing.
  • Disable “Allow Removed Participants to Rejoin” so booted attendees can’t slip back in.

To change these settings login to https://zoom.us, then pick “Settings” from the menu on the left, and find those listed above. They are about 1/3 of the page down.

Tags:  Author: Danielle M. Hall  uninvited guests  virtual meetings  Zoom  Zoom settings 

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