“Zoombombing” is a new form of trolling in which an uninvited participant uses Zoom’s screensharing and chat features to interrupt and disrupt meetings and classes.
To ensure Zoom meetings go smoothly, take the following steps to prevent Zoombombing from ruining remote classes and sessions:
- The Office of Information Technology strongly advises hosts to configure a meeting password: When scheduling a meeting, under “Meeting Options,” select Require meeting password, then set a password. Participants will be asked for this password when joining a meeting, so give out the password prior to the meeting. Do not post this password to the general public.
- If you add a password to a meeting that is already scheduled, the meeting URL will change. You will need to copy the meeting invitation and share it with participants again in whatever method you originally used (e.g., pasted into a calendar event, shared in a Blackboard course, or emailed).
- Do not share the meeting URL with anyone but the intended participants.
- Sign in to https://boisestate.zoom.us/ with your Boise State username and password before clicking a link to join a meeting.
- Hosts can use the Lock Meeting feature in the “Manage Participants” area after a meeting has started to simulate closing the door.
- Hosts should disable Join Before Host to maintain control of the meeting.
- Hosts should disable File Transfer to prevent people from sharing unexpected materials.
- Hosts should disable Allow Removed Participants to Rejoin to keep people out if they are dismissed during the meeting.
Additional information about using Zoom is available on the Learning Technology Solutions website:
For questions about how to use or access Zoom at Boise State please contact the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.