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April 3, 2020

Zoom Bombers

How to stop the Zoom-bombers

Now Zoom has come to the rescue with a blog post titled “How to Keep the Party Crashers from Crashing Your Zoom Event“. 

“When you share your meeting link on social media or other public forums, that makes your event extremely public,” the posting reminds users. “ANYONE with the link can join your meeting.”

So here are some things you can do if you’re a Zoom meeting host. 

Stop other participants from screen sharing

Click the arrow next to “Share Screen” in the host controls at the bottom of the Zoom screen, then select “Advanced Sharing Options” and make sure the option to “Who Can Share?” is set to “Host Only”.

Control who enters a meeting with the Waiting Room feature

This puts all participants in a waiting area before the meeting starts, and you can admit them one by one, or all at once. You can enable it by going to Account Management > Account Settings > Meeting > Waiting Room. More Waiting Room information is available at Zoom.

Lock the meeting after it starts

This is harsh to latecomers, but it keeps out some gate-crashers. Click  “Manage Participants” at the bottom of the Host screen and select “Lock Meeting.”

Turn off File Transfer

This will stop jerks from uploading porn through the in-meeting text-chat function. Go to Account Management > Account Settings > Meeting > File Transfer.

The Zoom blog posting has many more tips, including a few that are for paid Zoom accounts only, such as making the meeting invitation-only and requiring attendees to log in with a password.