Create Secure Zoom Meetings
Zoombombing – unwanted participants and content in your Zoom meetings – can be minimized by applying the following tips.
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- Generate a unique meeting ID for each meeting. Avoid using your Personal Meeting ID.
- When creating a new meeting, establish a passcode for the meeting or enable a waiting room for the meeting. Passcodes will be required after Sept. 27, 2020.
- Zoom 101: Securing Your Meetings and Virtual Classrooms (video run time 6:35)
- How to Protect your Zoom Meeting from Trolls and Zoombombing (video run time 4:58)
- Lock the meeting. When you lock a Zoom meeting after is has started, no new participants can join, even if they have the meeting ID and passcode.
- Remove unwanted or disruptive participants. From the participants menu, you can mute and remove participants.
- Turn off file transfer so no unwanted content can be shared in the meeting chat.
- Turn off annotation so no one can doodle or markup content during the meeting.
- Disable private chat to restrict chat among participants during your meeting.
- When creating a meeting, disable the ability for individuals to join the meeting before you by unchecking the box beside Enable join before host. This way, you will be the first individual in the meeting room, and you can admit participants to join.
These changes can be made in the Settings menu of Zoom. Once made, these changes establish the default settings for all your meetings; you can, however, change settings during each meeting if you decide you need to turn them back on for a specific situation. View more tips for meeting settings »
Use a Waiting Room
When scheduling a meeting, click Advanced Settings to enable a waiting room for the meeting. With a waiting room, you have the ability to allow who enters your meeting.
Manage Screen Sharing
In most cases, the instructor is the only person who should have control of the screen. So that others can not take control of the meeting, turn off screen share for participants in the Settings menu. Near the Share Screen icon at the bottom of your Zoom meeting window, select Advanced Sharing options to select the setting that only the host can screen share.
Review Default Settings
Below are a list of recommended security settings. Before starting a Zoom session, establish secure settings to begin hosting secure meetings. Once signed into your account, click on the Settings tab to review all settings. A blue button (toggled to the right) means the setting is on. A gray button (toggled to the left) means it is off.
- Host video – Off
- Participants video – Off
- Audio Type – Telephone and Computer Audio
- Join before host – Off
- User Personal Meeting ID (PMI) when scheduling a meeting – Off
- Only authenticated users can join meeting – Off (students may not be authenticated users)
- Require a passcode when scheduling new meetings – On
- Mute participants upon entry – On
- Private chat – Off
- Auto saving chats – On
- File transfer – Off
- Allow host to put attendee on hold – On
- Screen sharing – Who can share? Host only
- Disable desktop/screenshare for users – On
- Annotation – Off
- Whiteboard – Off
- Remote control – Off
- Virtual background – Off
- Identify guest participants in the meeting – On
- Auto-answer group in chat – Off
- Attention tracking – On
- Waiting room – (for small classes) On
- Allow live streaming meetings – Off
Additional tips to prevent ZoomBombing are available on the Zoom blog.