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How to Prevent Zoom-Bombing

April 6, 2020

Zoom meeting.

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"Video calling app Zoom has seen a flood of activity recently, as people across the world shifted to remote work and schooling, due to novel coronavirus. More activity means more bad actors looking for vulnerabilities and other ways to exploit the app. That's how the term Zoom-bombing came to be. In a few instances of Zoom-bombing, according to a report from Inside Higher Educationstudents exploited a screen sharing feature that hadn't been locked by the instructor to put up pornographic and racist content for everyone on the call to see.

It wasn't a technological weakness in Zoom that allowed these events to occur. It was a matter of the host not knowing all the features of the tool and how to use them.

The best way to stop Zoom-bombing is to prevent it in the first place. When hosting a Zoom call, you need to set up your meeting, often in advance, using the right settings and features. (Beyond maintaining control of your meeting, there are other Zoom tips that will help you look like a Zoom pro.) If you hastily launch a Zoom meeting and share the link publicly, it's much harder to stop trolls in the moment. Preventing a battle is better than having to fight one."

Read more about what you can do to prevent Zoom-bombing at PC Mag. Also, please visit CSUN's How to Keep Your Zoom Sessions Secure for more information.