How to Prevent Zoom Bombing

Zoom is a powerful tool allowing for virtual meetings of significant size, it is therefore important that security be kept in mind. Make sure to do the following: 

  1. For those hosting large, public group meetings, we strongly encourage hosts to review their settings and confirm that only the host can share their screen
  2. Review How to Manage Participants for instructions on how to mute, rename, or remove a participant before a large meeting. Also will show how to disable participants screen sharing.
  3. For large meetings have a Co-Host. 
    1. The primary host who starts the meeting can designate another participant as a co-host after the meeting has started. The second can focus on being a moderator allowing the main host to focus on presenting and meeting content. The moderator host can watch participants for unruly behavior and choose an action from point 2. Zoom Instructions for Enabling and adding a co-host - Note: the Co-Host feature should be turned on already as an option on our paid accounts. The paid account host can allow any account to co-host even a free basic account.
  4. Do not use your Personal Meeting ID (PMI) from Zoom for any Public events! 
    1. This would allow someone to jump on at random times to see if you were in any other meetings.
  5. If appropriate for your event, use the Waiting Room to screen guests coming into a meeting. 
    1. As the meeting host, you can admit attendees one by one, or hold all attendees in the virtual waiting room and admit them en masse. This feature is particularly useful to allow the staff into the meeting to pray and make sure everyone is ready in the 10-20 minutes or so before the official start time of an event. Zoom setting to avoid trolls and control call with waiting room
  6. Disable Join Before Host. 
    1. The Join Before Host option can be convenient for allowing others to continue with a meeting if you are not available to start it, but with this option enabled, the first person who joins the meeting will automatically be made the host and will have full control over the meeting.
  7. For the meetings that are not public and should be private, when scheduling a meeting, under Meeting Options, select Require meeting password.
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