How to Avoid Getting Zoombombed

By now, many of us have used Zoom to meet and collaborate with our teams in our new work-from-home environment. But have you heard of Zoombombing?

Zoombombing made its appearance in our virtual world almost as quickly as Zoom itself. It’s not too different from hacking, but with a touch of SPAM, as it usually takes the form of an uninvited guest gaining access to your meeting or class and then sharing inappropriate content.

Sometimes, these unwanted guests join the meeting and begin sharing “not so nice” pictures. Other times, participants may leave for a meeting, but they may keep receiving emails indicating other participants are waiting to join a Zoom meeting.

To guard against this, experts recommend updating your settings by following these directions:

– Visit and click Sign In.
– Click Settings (left) and then Schedule Meetings (left).
Enable one of the following options:

  • Only authenticated users can join meetings
  • Require a password when scheduling new meetings

Please note that to apply these changes to previously scheduled meetings, you will need to edit those meetings.

For a list of recommended settings, click here.

Restrict access
Only allow participants with authenticated Valencia College Zoom accounts to join your meetings and classes, or set meeting passwords.

Don’t give up your screen
Prevent participants from screen sharing without permission. You do not want random people in your public event taking control of the screen and sharing unwanted content with the group. You can restrict this — before the meeting and during the meeting in the host control bar — so that you’re the only one who can screen-share.

Take control of your meetings
Remove individuals you don’t recognize and lock your meetings to keep new participants from joining.

Don’t overshare
Avoid sharing meeting or class details over social media or with people outside of your department.

Try the Waiting Room feature
The Waiting Room is a virtual staging area that stops your guests from joining until you’re ready for them. It’s almost like the velvet rope outside a nightclub, with you as the bouncer carefully monitoring who gets let in.

For specific details about how best to accomplish this, you can visit Valencia’s Office of Information Technology, which has a resource for Zoom best practices that go into more detail and help explain how to perform some of these functions.

In addition, please make sure to click on this Zoom blog for additional tips and instructions.


Sources: Carnegie Mellon University and Zoom

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