What is “Zoombombing,” and how can I secure my Zoom meeting?

“Zoombombing” is a term used to describe when participants, typically uninvited, join a Zoom meeting with the intention of deliberately disrupting a meeting.

Consider the following settings to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for your participants.

  • Only authorized users can join meetings (good for teaching current students; too restrictive in advising or for prospective students)
  • Requiring passwords
  • Play sound when participants join or leave
  • File transfer restrictions
  • Allow host to put attendee on hold
  • Screen sharing – restricting who can share and dependent on purpose of meeting
  • Disable desktop/screen share
  • Remote control accessibility
  • Allow removed participant to rejoin
  • Virtual background
  • Identify guest participants in the meeting/webinar
  • Attention tracking – may be beneficial in online teaching environment
  • Enable meeting room – allows for the meeting host to admit participants
  • Locking meeting after a set amount of time
  • Masking phone numbers (when participants call into the meeting)

For more information regarding “Zoombombing,” and how to secure your meeting click here.

Zoom has also released a short video with steps to secure your meeting. The video can be seen by clicking here.