How to Help to Prevent Zoom Bombings
Recently, several FA meetings have experienced Zoom Bombings. A Zoom Bombing is when a group of people come into the Zoom room in order to disrupt the meeting with profanity and other disturbing imagery.
Here is a list of things you can do to help prevent a Zoom Bombing situation:
- Meeting host/cohosts can immediately disable all participant activity and report bombers to Zoom.
- The tech person at the meeting can disable screen sharing so a Zoom Bomber cannot display any images.
- After the meeting starts, meeting host/cohosts can turn on the waiting room so that bombers can be ejected to the waiting room. Enabling the waiting room after the meeting starts allows newcomers to freely join the meeting. Nefarious intruders tend to join during the middle of the meeting and the host/cohosts can monitor who joins when waiting rooms are enabled.
- The tech person at the meeting can uncheck the Zoom feature that allows people to unmute themselves. People will need to be unmuted by a host/cohost so a Zoom Bomber will not be able to shout profanities.
- Host/cohosts can Stop Videos so Zoom Bombers will not be able to turn their own cameras back on.
- Host/cohosts can turn off the chat feature.
- In the meeting settings on the Zoom website, the tech person of your meeting can turn off the setting that allows audience members to annotate on the screen.
- In the meeting settings on the Zoom website, the tech person of your meeting can turn off all reactions except raise hand.
- In the meeting settings on the Zoom website, the tech person of your meeting can disable personal picture for participants.
- Meeting secretaries can change the passcode periodically (maybe once a month). Submit the meeting change request to the FA website.
- If all else fails, the meeting host can end the meeting for all.