The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an unprecedented number of people working and learning from home as people are forced to stay at home and exercise social distancing, and one of the tools that is making that possible is Zoom. But if you don’t take care, you could find your meetings being gate-crashed or Zoom-bombed, potentially causing havoc and mayhem.
With the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic forcing more and more people to work and learn from home, and stay connected in this time of social distancing, video conferencing tools such as Zoom are skyrocketing in popularity. But, predictably, nefarious agents are finding ways to cause disruption to already stressed-out remote workers.
Zoom-bombing is the name given to gate-crashing attack on Zoom meetings, this attack is now a thing. Disgruntled individuals are Zoom-bombing online meetings and bombarding the attendees with disturbing pornographic and violent imagery.
Zoom has released guidance for users who want to protect themselves from Zoom-bombing.
For public meetings, Zoom reminds users that when you share your meeting link on social media or other public forums, that makes your event public, and this means that anyone with the link can join the meeting.
Zoom also suggests users avoid starting public events using their Personal Meeting ID (PMI) because “your PMI is basically one continuous meeting and you don’t want randos crashing your personal virtual space after the party’s over.” Zoom suggests generating random meeting IDs. Zoom also suggests using the Waiting Room feature, which allows hosts to control who enters the meeting.
Zoom also offers numerous suggestions for managing participants which include:
Zoom features a lot of tools to help you create safe, fun-filled meetings, and it’s worth spending some time familiarizing yourself with them before you set up your next meeting.