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Staying Secure with Zoom

April 06, 2020

As some may have heard, the phenomenon ‘Zoombombing’ has cropped up in conjunction with the transition from face-to-face classes to remote video conferencing. ‘Zoombombing’ is where uninvited users drop into Zoom meetings, often posting inflammatory content and causing a general disruption. While this has not yet affected our community, it is important to review the simple precautions you can take to minimize the chances of this happening to your courses:

  • Do not share your meeting link publicly.
  • Password-protect your Zoom meeting.
  • If you have a small class, use the waiting room to manually admit users.
  • Lock your meeting room once all expected attendees are present
  • Disable chat and screen sharing for non-host participants
  • Remove unwanted or disruptive participants

For everything Zoom, check out our Zoom help page, including our helpsheet on how to secure Zoom meetings covering how to take all of these security precautions. We are also reviewing settings for licensed users on our own domain. Zoom has made global security adjustments on their end to address this as well, though these primarily impact ‘Basic’ (free) accounts.

As always, feel free to reach out to IT with any questions or concerns. Educational Technology has appointment slots available for individuals, as well as scheduled information sessions and workshops. Additionally, our staff can also tailor custom workshops for groups of five or more.

***UPDATE 4/8/2020***

The 4/7/2020 Zoom update has added a “Security” tab, putting many of these functions in one quick access area. We are updating our documentation accordingly.

For more information:

Please direct all general IT help inquiries to itservice@lclark.edu.
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