Since the push to online learning started, a new phenomena has emerged that you have probably read about – Zoombombing. 

If you are not sure what Zoombombing is, it’s when unwanted participants come into your Zoom meetings or classes with the intent to be disruptive.  Cases include these unwanted individuals sharing inappropriate videos by screen-sharing with your meeting participants.  They enter by finding online sessions that aren’t properly secured, and in some cases might be typing in random numbers hoping to enter a meeting.

Last week, Zoom added a security feature to the Zoom meeting page to help you quickly respond. It’s a new security button that appears at the bottom of the screen.

At the bottom of the screen, to the left of your buttons for Managing Participants and Chat, there is a new button called “Security.” When you click on it, you get a menu, as shown below:

If you “Lock the Meeting” this means that once your class has started, you can lock all new participants out. If you use this feature, it means that students cannot be late to class, or they will not be able to get in.

Enabling the Waiting Room means that participants will not be able to enter the meeting prior to you getting there.

The “Allow participants to:” is a place where you can quickly turn off the ability for participants to share their screen, chat, or rename themselves.

Here are a few more ways to secure your Zoom meeting:

I hope you have a good week with lots of productivity. Thanks for reading the FLC, and we’ll see you again soon!!