Don’t be a ZoomBombing Victim

Tech Tip Thursday

Todays Gab Session is a Tech (Technology) Tip

Don’t become a victim of ZoomBombing (Urban Dictionary: The act of raiding a Zoom call, usually on school-related calls by posting pornography or otherwise offensive content) How crazy is it that Trolls are hacking into peoples Zoom calls and dropping in some crazy content.  Not only are they dropping in content and taking over meetings they are listening in on the meeting.  Uninvited guests are easedropping on all types of coversations, trade secrets, classified, non-classified, everything.  That can be scary or not, whatever the case, Don’t become the next ZoomBombing Victim.  

Do the following to protect your privacy and the privacy of others in your meetings.  On a desktop, do this:

  • Click on “Settings” in the left-hand menu
  • Scroll down to “Screen sharing” and under “Who can share?” click “Host-Only”
  • Click on “Save”
  • Save your settings, now all future meeting will have sharing disabled by default.

If you have procrastinated and have not done the above before your next meeting you can update the settings on the fly. Do this:

  • While Zoom meeting is in progress, click the “^” (caret) to the right of the green “Share Screen” button in the center of the bottom row of icons
  • Click “Advanced Sharing Options…”
  • A dialog box will pop up allowing you to switch screen sharing availability from all participants to the host only.

Creating a meeting on your mobile device?
To disable screen sharing after you’ve started your meeting:

  • Tap the More (…) button at the bottom right corner of the screen
  • Tap “Meeting Settings”
  • On an iPhone, scroll down to “Allow Participants to Share” and switch the toggle off. On an Android phone, find “Lock Share” and switch the toggle on.

There you go! Keep it, private people. Don’t overshare unintentionally.

1 thought on “Don’t be a ZoomBombing Victim”

  1. Thank you so much for the tip! Especially with doing zoom calls for therapy, these are good tips to know so we don’t have any trolls on our zoom meetings!

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