Protect Your Course Against Zoom "Bombing"

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There have been reports in the news of "Zoom bombing," where people not enrolled in a class join a zoom session for the purpose of disrupting it. While this phenomena appears to be happening on a very limited scale, here are some simple tips on how to protect yourself and your students from such intrusions.

  1. Do not share the details of your zoom session (such as the link to the meeting) in public spaces such as social media. In general, limit your communication with students to the Canvas inbox and announcement features, or TU email.
  2. Don't use your Personal Meeting Room for class sessions.
  3. Enable the "Registration" feature in your Zoom meetings. This creates an extra step for your students to enter the meeting, so expect some bumps the first time you enable this feature. In particular, students using smartphones to access Zoom will have some difficulties.

If you do end up with an uninvited guest in your Zoom session, don't panic. You can take the following steps.

  1. Remove them from the meeting using the "more" button that will appear when you hover the cursor over their name in the Participants list. "Remove" appears at the bottom of the small menu that should pop up.
  2. Anyone removed from a Zoom meeting is barred from re-entry. However, for added security you can opt to Lock the meeting, which prevents anyone else from joining. Go to the line below the nonverbal icons (yes, no, go slower, etc.). Next to Mute All and Unmute All is a More button. One of the options here is to Lock the meeting. Note that locking a meeting will keep intruders out, but will also prevent late students from coming to class.
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