With all the news lately on how Zoom calls are being “Zoombomed” and “taken over” by unwanted guests, I want to go over what was happening and why. If you have a Zoom account and want to know the steps to make sure you don’t get Zoombombed then here are some tips when creating a Zoom meeting.

Require a Password

When setting up your Zoom meeting make sure to check off the option to require a password to enter the meeting. You can use the generated password that Zoom provides you or you can change it to whatever you like. Recommendation is to always change these passwords from meeting to meeting to give you more security. If you have a free account this option is already turned on and can not be turned off.

Prevent Screen Sharing

In your options in Zoom, not when you’re setting up a meeting but your account options, you can set your meetings to always prevent others from sharing their screen. In your options under “In Meeting (Basic)” you can set the screen sharing options. Set the option so that only the host can share a screen.

Don’t Use Your Personal Meeting ID

When setting up a Zoom meeting set the Meeting ID to generate automatically. Don’t use the personal meeting id that is assigned to your account. This will prevent unwanted users from using an old link to join into another meeting you might be hosting.

Set Audio and Video to Off when Joining

On the scheduling screen you can flag video and audio to be turned off for all participants when they join. Once joined they can go ahead and turn them on. This will also help with unwanted distractions when you are mid-meeting and someone joins in late.

Don’t Broadcast Your Meeting Link Publicly

Only give the link and sign in information to those who need it. Do not post the link to social media or any platform where others can get it. Make sure that when you set up the meeting that you invite those who need to be there to keep others out.