“Zoombombing” is the name given to gate-crashing Zoom meetings or when outsiders use Zoom’s screen sharing feature to interrupt and disrupt online meetings and classes with disturbing imagery.

Here are a few tips to mitigate this disruptive behavior:

  • Keep links to Zoom meetings private to prevent unwanted participants
  • Use 2-factor authentication by logging into Office 365 or Canvas and using Zoom through those integrations
  • If not using the Zoom link on the Canvas course menu, instructors should post meeting links on a Canvas page rather than a public page or forum
  • Stop other participants from screen sharing
  • Control who enters a meeting with the waiting room feature
  • Lock the meeting after it starts
    • When you’re in the meeting, click Participants at the bottom of your Zoom window. In the participants’ pop-up box, you will see a button that says Lock Meeting.
  • Turn off file transfer
  • As a preventative measure, WashU has already taken the following precautions:
    • Use Personal Meeting ID is defaulted to Off
    • Require Meeting Password is defaulted to On