7 ways to prevent Zoom bombing

Zoom has become more popular during the coronavirus stay-at-home orders and social distancing.

It quickly became the most popular option for meetings and other events moving online following the Sit-At-Home order by many governments in the world.

One of the biggest security issues facing Zoom is the surge in “Zoom-bombing,” when uninvited attendees break into and disrupt your meeting. Zoom-bombing or Zoom raiding is the unwanted intrusion into a video conference call by an individual, which causes disruption.

In an “ask me anything” webinar in early April, Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan said that Zoom had discovered “a potential security vulnerability with file sharing, so we disabled that feature.”

Until this week, participants in a Zoom meeting could share files with each other using the meeting’s chat function.

It can be easy to Zoombomb a meeting. In many cases, a simple Google search for URLs that include “Zoom.us” can turn up the unprotected links of multiple meetings that anyone can jump into. Similarly, links to public meetings can be found scattered across organizational pages on social media.

While there are no guarantees against determined trolls, there are a few ways to prevent Zoom bombing

How to prevent Zoom bombing

Announced on April 8, a recent Zoom change is an option called “Security” that will allow hosts to quickly respond to issues such as Zoom-bombing by locking the meeting or removing participants. It will also restrict those taking part in the meeting from sharing their screens or renaming themselves.

Here are other simple ways to prevent Zoom Bombing:

  1. Never use your personal meeting ID. Each Zoom user has a personal meeting ID—think of it as your Zoom phone number. …
  2. Always use a meeting password.
  3. Enable the “Waiting Room” feature so that you can see who is attempting to join the meeting before allowing them access.
  4. Disable ‘Join Before Host’.
  5. Mute audio and disable video for meeting attendees. …
  6. Turn off screen sharing for everyone but the meeting host/co host.
  7. You can disable the Private Chat, which will prevent participants from sending messages to individuals instead of the entire group. Sign in to the Zoom web portal. Click Settings. Click the Chat and Private Chat toggles to disable in-meeting chat.

The video-conferencing software Zoom has been drawing attention from researchers lately for a number of potential privacy and security issues, as use of the platform surges due to an increase in coronavirus-related remote working.

Therefore, users need to be very careful and security conscious when using the app.


About the Author: Success Kafoi

Success Kafoi is a technology oriented Nigerian Journalist, with penchant in ICT development and technology innovation. You can reach him on success@naijaaffairs.com

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