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Keeping Your Zoom Meetings Safe

Unfortunately, with the rise and reliance on Zoom for communication and collaboration, there has also been a rise in Zoombombing, or Zoom raiding. Zoombombing is when a Zoom meeting is interrupted by an uninvited party, sometimes as a prank, sometimes as a way to bombard participants with negative and offensive messages and/or images. No matter what the intent, Zoombombing is disruptive, but can absolutely be prevented by taking precautions, and using common sense.

  • Use a password to secure meetings
  • Use Zoom's waiting room feature – this feature puts each user who connects to a meeting in a queue until the host approves them and lets them in.
  • Assign a co-host to act as a moderator – do this before the meeting and go over how the co-host can remove and block potential Zoombombers.
  • Use a meeting password – while this may not apply to larger scale meetings, it can keep smaller ones safe.
  • Never use your personal meeting ID – generate a random one for each meeting to keep your personal ID safe. Also avoid using your personal meeting room for recurring meetings.
  • Don't advertise the meeting, link, or code on social media – communicate with participants via email or another secure channel that is less likely to be seen or breached by unwanted participants.
  • Don't panic if it happens – mute all users and remove the offending party, then block them so they can't re-enter.

Here are some guides on how to accomplish all of these things in Zoom. Zoom is a great tool and definitely one the UMKC Community should take advantage of. If you are not yet using Zoom, you can access your account here. If you need help using Zoom to teach or learn, a librarian can help you. Just ask! Don't let Zoombombing deter you from using Zoom; the chances of it happening are not high, and Zoom as a company is making daily efforts to eliminate opportunities for Zoombombing. Add keeping your Zoom safe to your list of new normal habits: wash hands, maintain physical distance, shelter at home, and keep your Zoom safe!

Posted: April 10, 2020