How do I secure my Zoom sessions (a.k.a. avoid Zoombombing)?

Your student’s experience with online conferencing may be negatively impacted by interference from uninvited attendees or even from your own students. Sometimes referred to as ‘Zoombombing’, this interference could take the form of inappropriate chats and link/file sharing, audio/video disruption, invasive screen sharing, or other disruptive actions. 

The risk of anyone outside your class jumping in is small, but can be minimized even further simply by post your meeting invitations only on a secure website such as Glow, or emailing them directly to your students with the reminder not to forward. Never post a meeting link on a website that is open to the public!

Beginning Sept. 27th, 2020, Zoom requires that all meetings must have either a Waiting Room or Passcode enabled. See this Zoom Guide for more information about the changes required.

In addition, Zoom provides the following controls to secure your classroom: 

  1. Use best practices when it concerns how you choose to advertise or share attendance to your online sessions.
  2. Review the various settings for your Zoom account, and carefully choose settings that will best meet your goals for using Zoom as a communication and collaboration venue.
  3. As a host during an online session, use the controls available to shape attendee behavior.

As with other course development efforts, planning and preparation are often the best approach to shaping outcomes. If you have any questions or would like to discuss how to best use Zoom for your specific objectives, please use the ITech Virtual Drop-In

For more information please review these resources: