How to prevent your Zoom meetings being Zoom-bombed (gate-crashed) by trolls

The coronavirus outbreak has seen an unprecedented number of people working and learning from home, and one of the tools that is making that possible is Zoom. But if you don't take care, you could find your meetings being gate-crashed or Zoom-bombed, potentially causing havoc and mayhem.

With theCOVID-19 coronavirus pandemic forcing more and more people to work and learn from home, and stay connected in this time of social distancing, video conferencing tools such as Zoom are skyrocketing in popularity. But, predictably, nefarious types are finding ways to disrupt to already stressed-out remote workers.

Zoom-bombing, the name given to gate-crashing Zoom meetings, is now a thing. Disrupting individuals are Zoom-bombing online meetings and bombarding the attendees with disturbing pornographic and violent imagery.

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Zoom has released guidance for users who want to protect themselves from Zoom-bombing.

For public meetings, Zoom reminds users that when you share your meeting link on social media or other public forums, that makes your event public, and this means that anyone with the link can join the meeting.

Zoom also suggests users avoid starting public events using their Personal Meeting ID (PMI) because "your PMI is basically one continuous meeting and you don't want randos crashing your personal virtual space after the party's over." Zoom suggests generating random meeting IDs. Zoom also suggests using the Waiting Room feature, which allows hosts to control who enters the meeting.

Zoom also offers numerous suggestions for managing participants.

Here is a video showing how to set up a Zoom meeting:

Zoom has a lot of tools to help you create safe, fun meetings, and it's worth spending some time familiarizing yourself with them before you set up your next meeting.

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