Sadly, part of life is dealing with people that like to create disruptions for their own amusement. Whether it's a streaker at a football game, kids playing ding-dong-ditch, or online trolling, disruptions are something that we can expect to encounter at some point in pretty much every facet of life.
Currently, with a gigantic influx of online activity combined with a lot of people with extra time on their hands due to the pandemic, Zoombombing is something worth learning about and preparing for to protect your meeting.
What is Zoombombing?
Zoombombing is when someone, whether an invited guest or not (usually not), decides to crash your meeting by disrupting it with obscene, obnoxious, or virulent content. It could be done via shouting, videos, images, audio clips, etc...
11 Tips to prevent Zoombombing
These are presented in recommended priority
- Don’t post Zoom URLs in public spaces. Not twitter, not forums, not open. Share only with meeting attendees.
- Use Advanced Settings to ensure that "Who can share?" is set to Host Only.
- Don’t use a Personal Meeting ID for Zoom meetings. These are easy to find and hack. The default Zoom Meeting IDs are randomized, and difficult to find and hack.
- Use Require Meeting Password to be doubly careful. Include the password with the Zoom URL when sending invitations.
- Use the Waiting Room feature to control who enters your Zoom.
- Use Advanced Settings to Disable file transfer.
- Lock the meeting after it starts. Look under Participants at the bottom of the Zoom window. You can lock the door here.
- When announcing a meeting in Canvas, post authentication details (meeting url and meeting ID) using announcements or Canvas email. For other general meetings, use the Outlook calendar invite or UC Denver email.
- Be sure to familiarize yourself with settings in Zoom that can be used during a live meeting such as muting the participant and stopping their video.
- If needed, kick someone out of the meeting by positioning your mouse over the user's name and clicking Remove.
- If your meeting is brigaded by a group of people, you will likely need to end the meeting, regroup, create a new meeting id, and share the new meeting info privately with your invited attendees.