ZOOMbombing

ZOOMbombing and Using Zoom Responsibly

You may have seen this NPR article on Zoombombing.

It links to an FBI page about Zoombombing and to a set of instructions from Zoom about using Zoom properly.

Here are some additional steps:

  1. Use Randomized Meeting IDs:
    Generate a random meeting ID for every single meeting. Never use your “personal meeting ID” for larger meetings.
  2. Use the Waiting Room feature (instructions).
    First, enable the Waiting Room feature in your account.
    Then, enable Waiting Rooms for each meeting you set up.
  3. Other features to consider
  • “Restrict sharing” can be limiting since screen sharing can be very helpful
  • “Locking the meeting” may block some legitimately tardy attendees.
  • “Mute/Unmute” Hosts must know how to turn on & off attendee and panelist mic or camera. Practice this.
  • “File Transfer” If you are not using this feature, consider turning it off. Share links by email.
  • “Annotation” (doodling on the screen). Turn this off if you don’t plan to use it.
  • “Private chat” Turn this off with caution since it can be very helpful to prompt individuals to to speak louder, center their video image, etc.

[1] An NPR article on Zoom bombing:
https://www.npr.org/2020/04/03/826129520/a-must-for-millions-zoom-has-a-dark-side-and-an-fbi-warning

[2] An FBI post about Zoom bombing:
https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/boston/news/press-releases/fbi-warns-of-teleconferencing-and-online-classroom-hijacking-during-covid-19-pandemic

[3] Instructions from Zoom on reducing the risk of Zoom bombing:
https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/20/keep-uninvited-guests-out-of-your-zoom-event

[4] Brief video instructions from Zoom on setting up a Randomized
Meeting ID for each meeting
(Note: This link starts 27 seconds into a 1min 07sec video):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhZW3iyXV9U&t=27

[5] Instructions from Zoom on using their Waiting Room feature:
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115000332726-Waiting-Room

[6] The section of the Waiting Room instructions about enabling the feature:
“Enabling Waiting Room”
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115000332726-Waiting-Room#h_43744903-a4bb-438f-b39a-f10c3df84b04

[7] The section of the Waiting Room instructions about using the feature:
“Using Waiting Room”
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115000332726-Waiting-Room#h_f493a86f-7d08-4e3b-9d6d-9b236fe9cdcd