How (not) to protect yourself from ‘Zoombombing’

The BBC reported an incident in Florida US, but we can all learn from it.

Evidently, a court hearing was ‘Zoombombed’ when people, changing their Zoom names to impersonate CNN and BBC news employees, connected to the Zoom hearing uninvited.

Some played music to interrupt the hearing, and others shared their screens to display wholly inappropriate material. Judge Christopher Nash was reported as saying that next time he would require a password.

Where shall we start? I am surprised that anyone has not heard how to secure a Zoom meeting but my key recommendations are:

  • Require registration in advance, so you can see people’s names and their email addresses
  • Use passcodes (the new Zoom name for passwords)
  • Enable the waiting room
  • Mute everyone by default and prevent them unmuting themselves (as host you can invite individual people to unmute if you wish)
  • Stop people from sharing their screens
  • Prevent chat and especially with each other
  • For even more control, consider using a Zoom webinar rather than a Zoom meeting. It is more costly but prevents people sharing their webcam too.

Naturally, you would adapt this list to suit your circumstances, and I rarely use all of these measures at once.

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